“Nationalism no longer retained its idealistic liberal democratic sentiment by the last quarter of the nineteenth century in Europe.” Analyse the statement with examples

Nationalism in Europe- The Balkans:

  • During this period nationalist groups become increasingly intolerant of each other.
  • Manipulations of the nationalist aspirations were there.
  • The Balkan was under the control of the ottoman empire.
  • Ideas of romantic nationalism spread in the Balkan.
  • They claimed for independence or political rights on nationality and subjected foreign domination.
  • Russia, Germany, England, Austria-hungry were keen on countering the hold of other powers over the Balkans.
  • This led to a series of wars in the region and finally the First World War.