Jacky, Abby, Gunnar, Naja, and Josiah
Yesterday Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated along with his wife Sophie, while traveling in Sarajevo. This tragic event is one that has already set sparks flying. Tensions that were already high seem to only be increasing because of this catastrophic moment. Ferdinand's death seems to be cause by the Black Hand, a Serbian nationalist secret society. Allegations are already being made that the Serbian government was involved in the assassination from Austria and Hungary although at this moment it is not safe to say if that's true or false. It's easy to see that this event will spark a reaction from the entire world.
Being Too Proud:Nationalism and the WarWhen did being patriotic become a bad thing? When does patriotism cross the line and enter into the threshold of nationalism? And most importantly, how did nationalism play a part in the start of the War. Being patriotic in itself isn't a negative thing, unless taken to the extreme then being patriotic turns into being a nationalist. The difference between just being proud like a patriot, and being considered a nationalist is this idea of superiority. Nationalism is defined simply as extremed patriotism, but it's much more then that. It's believing that your country or group of people are superior, stronger, the better out of all the rest in comparison. That belief is when friction begins and we can see that in the way, our newest war has been started. Issues of nationalism have always been prevalent in Europe, superiority is seemed into their literature and propaganda almost daily. But nationalism was bigger then that it gave groups of people a want of independence to be recognized as their own ethnic group. This only caused more friction that was only bound to erupt and it all came crashing down when the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and Hungary was assassinated by Serbian nationalist. As it is clear to see nationalism played a clear role in the start of this newfound war.
One reason for growing tensions across Europe were the alliances being built between countries. Alliances were made to promote safety, to defend countries in times of war, however, rather than deterring countries from waging war, by being a reason not to declare war, the alliances end up up involving many more countries in the violence.