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Week 1 Discussion: The First Total War World War I is different from most other wars in that it was not a direct result of aggression by one entity towards another, notwithstanding the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian elements. Instead, it was a consequence of a number of forces amidst a disruption of the tenuous balance of power in Europe. What were these forces and how did they contribute to the outbreak of WWI? Nationalism was a significant cause of World War I. It was also a prominent force of the early 20th century. Nationalism can be defined as bloated confidence in one's nation, military power, and government. Europeans countries like Britain, France, and Germany which were called Great Powers, they were convinced that their countries are fair, without blame and righteous. The second nationalism

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