The First World War Era

Donald Bloxham

in The Final Solution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199550333
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191701535 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Histories

The First World War Era

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The First World War is rooted in how Serbia provoked the Habsburg empire in their attempts to redeem and extend their territories into Bosnia. During this period, several European countries had their eyes set on expanding territories into their neighboring nations. Although most of these endeavors would have resulted in a degree of demographic engineering, merging ethnicities and formal expansions of empires were not much involved. The war revolved around gaining better access to resources and market activities to imply a better balance of power and political and economic influence in Europe. The Ottoman empire, however, mainly participated in this war to achieve independence and reform. This chapter relates the situation in the First World War to that of the Second World War in terms of irredentism and various ethnic issues.

Keywords: First World War; Ottoman empire; expanding territories; irredentism; ethic issues

Chapter.  7999 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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