Question of the Day:. Name a multi-ethnic Great Power in Europe in the early 1900’s. Why were these nations less stable than European Great Powers with a more singular ethnic population? ?. Pre-WWI multi-ethnic empires: 1. Austria-Hungary 2. Russia 3. Ottoman Empire ALL had varying
3. Ottoman Empire
ALL had varying
degrees of nationalist
problems from ethnic
minorities in their
Austria-Hungary, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire (which was in decline).
This region was destabilized by intense nationalism among its various ethnic groups:
Serbs, Bosnians, Greeks, Montenegrins, Macedonians, Croats, Slovenes, Albanians, Bulgarians, Romanians
Most common language group: SLAVIC (Russia, too)
DayWhat do you think the cartoonist is implying through this cartoon?
Dominant ethnic (linguistic) group: SLAVIC (Slavs).
SERBIA saw itself as the nationalist leader of all Balkan Slavs (though not all agreed on this).
1. Common Slavic identity
2. Would increase Russian influence in the Balkans, while simultaneously undermining the power of their rival, Austria-Hungary.
3. Would help Russia gain access to warm-water Mediterranean ports.