How did nationalism contribute to World War I?


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Nationalism led to arrogance among the citizens of various nations by promoting a sense that people of a particular country were superior to those of other nations and by giving people the impression that they could win any war thanks to their togetherness. Other factors that contributed to causing World War I include imperialism and militarism.

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Nationalism and extreme patriotism have been cited as the major causes of World War I. These factors led each of the Europe’s great powers to develop a strong but extreme belief in its own cultural, economic and military supremacy. Nationalism and patriotism also led to competition among European nations for the largest army and navy, or the largest industrial development.

The arrogance spurred by nationalism was promoted by the media in every state involved in the war. Increasing nationalism was also promoted through various types of cultural expression, such as music, literature and theater. European populations became convinced that the actions of their nations and governments were right, and that their defense forces could win any war. The solidification of these attitudes increased the likelihood of war. Furthermore, provocative commentaries from the royals, politicians and diplomats made the public appetite for war grow increasingly strong.

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