The Balkan powder keg was the name given to the Balkan region because of the secure and safe state it had before a minor issue led to World War I. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the heir to Austria-Hungary empire, and his wife, Sophie, ended the peaceful state of Europe.
After the Roman Empire, Europe had many smaller cultures and several empires. Italy and Germany became unified nations and joined Russia, France, Austria-Hungary and Great Britain as world powers. These nations had great national pride, peace and nationalism. Due to the peace and harmony in the region, people referred to it as Balkan Power Keg, or Power Keg of Europe.Learn More
The Balkans were known as the "Powder Keg of Europe" because of its constant disagreements regarding land distribution and an extreme sense of nationalism, which made the area a hot bed for small conflicts and larger wars. The Balkans had this title throughout the beginning of the 20th century, before World War I.Full Answer >
The term sometimes applies to Europe as a whole, but the Balkans are the specific region known as the Powder Keg of Europe. The region was politically unstable during the years before World War I, and tensions there ultimately culminated in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the outbreak World War I. The term itself likely originated from a quote by Chancellor Otto von Bismarck of Germany.Full Answer >
The region referred to as "the powder keg of Europe" was the Balkans in the early 20th century before World War I. Along with growing nationalistic movements declaring themselves independent countries, a number of European nations claimed influence and territories in the Balkans.Full Answer >
Balkan nationalism refers to the desire for the various ethnic groups living on the Balkan Peninsula to have countries of their own, a spirit that led directly to World War I. This region, south of the Danube, Sava and Kupa Rivers, is a hodgepodge of over a dozen ethnic groups, many of whom have clashed throughout history.Full Answer >