The Pan-Slav Movement

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Many countries in Europe were filled with fear when considering the Pan-Slavic movement sweeping the region. Pan-Slavism was a movement by the many Slavic groups in Europe to unite under one entity, in order to achieve their shared goals for the future of their people. Consequently, countries with a large Slav population feared that this movement would inspire a desire among the people to fight for freedom and to form a large new state of Slavs. This would subsequently cause the country to have to deal with internal rebellions and a possible loss of large territory. In fact, Austria’s representative at the Congress of Vienna, Prince von Metternich, feared that the usual occurrences of the country would be threatened by the nationalists adhering
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