How and Why did Nationalism Contribute to the Outbreak of WW1?


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History: How and why did nationalism contribute to the outbreak of World War I? What do historians think?
This paper explores how and why nationalism contributed to the outbreak of World War I; the paper will, as part of addressing this issue, also look at what historians think about the matter. As will become clear, historians were largely of the view that nationalism did contribute to the outbreak of the First World War in the sense that nationalism offered a convenient cover for racist, biologically-driven, and Darwinist perspectives on the world that made war something both unavoidable and even desirable; suffice it to say, cloaking a belief in the desirability of “culling” the human herd every once in a while through war – and...
The end: other tribes for finite resources in a hostile world. When one looks at things in this light, it is clear that nationalism possesses an element of irrationality that made it far easier for one side to view the other side as the incarnation of evil in the world.
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