For your initial post, select one of the following belligerents: Austro-Hungarian Empire, Ottoman Empire, the Kingdom of Italy, or the Russian Empire. Do you think your chosen belligerent was a true nation-state at the outbreak of WWI or not? Explain how you have come to this decision based on what you know about this belligerent in 1914 and your understanding of what constitutes a nation-state.
Respond to at least two classmates who chose different belligerents and compare your assessments. What did these two places have in common in 1914 and what was different about them? Useful features to compare and contrast may include their political systems, the makeup and diversity of their populations, and their motivations for joining the war.