Nationalism and imperialism were the true underlying causes of World War I. World War I started immediately after the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a Serbian nationalist in 1914. Dictionary.com gives the definition of Nationalism to be the devotion and loyalty to one's own nation; patriotism. Nationalism had sparked many European countries. Imperialism was another huge part of the First World War. Dictioanry.com defines imperialism to be the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies. Because of Nationalism many European countries wanted to spread their own ideas and beliefs to other parts of the war. Germany was considered one of the defeated central powers during WWI. German Nationalist thought that fighting in this war would do great things for Germany. The Nationalist believed that if they went to war, they could settle the score with
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