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Who bore responsibility for the start of World War I? Show more Show less
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Lasting from 1914 to 1918, World War 1 claimed over 16 million lives, bolstered military technology, and brought world powers to the European theater to fight till ultimate destruction. Who can be blamed for the carnage seen throughout this conflict?

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Increased Serbian Nationalism led to the incitement of conflict

As a region consistently occupied by outer forces, Serbian nationalism in the Balkans peaked in the days before World War 1, and the Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, which ultimately resulted in the spiraling conflict was World War 1.

The Argument

Serbian Nationalism directly led to the Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a Bosnian Serb, Gavrilo Princip. Even preceding the actual assassination, Serbia had been seen as a rising threat to Austria. Austrian annexation of Bosnia and Serbia’s strong emergence following the Balkan Wars all resulted in creating a threat towards Austria-Hungary. Additionally, there was consistent rebellion by Serbs against Austria in an effort to bolster their own national identity, even further creating volatility.[1] The growth of nationalistic groups such as 'Unification or Death' ('Black Hand') etc. also led to further initiatives to separate from Austria.[2]

Counter arguments

Serbian nationalism is not responsible for World War 1. Austrian and German response to Serbian nationalism resulted in the conflict arising and sucking other world powers into the conflict due to allyships.

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  1. https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/how-the-world-went-to-war-in-1914
  2. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsee/2014/06/30/serbia-sarajevo-and-the-outbreak-of-the-first-world-war/

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