The Diary Of War, National Pride And The National Positioning That Made World War I Essay

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Claire Anderson History 8 October, 2013 The Preface to War; National Pride in the Balkans Walter S. Zapotoczny, an author and historian, once said, “Each of the great powers believed they had something to gain from war, fostering the national pride and the national positioning that made World War I inevitable.” This is true, as imperialism and militarism were a large part of national pride. Austria-Hungary, for example, wanted Serbia. The German military was expanding rapidly. With each argument countries got into, hatred became stronger. Eventually, the European tensions snapped and everything toppled into terrible war. World War I was inevitable due to each of the great powers being imperialistic, militaristic, and prepared for war. During the early 1900’s, the European great powers believed they all had something to gain from expanding. Land in Africa was being claimed by countries such as France and Great Britain. A main goal for all the countries of Europe was growing. Austria and Hungary joined together into a dual monarchy in 1867. This country annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1908. Germany was annoyed at not having as much space in Africa, which is imperialistic because it is territorial. Imperialism was popular during the time. The great powers believed they could become better through imperialism. In this case, imperialism is showing national pride because the expansion of a country makes it more powerful. Power is something citizens of a country can be

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