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In the early nineteenth century, Slavic peoples from multiple empires in eastern and southern Europe began to pursue a movement to protect and organize Slavic culture. In 1848, this movement became more political. It gained a reputation and an attempt was made to unify all Slavic peoples. This movement became known as Pan-Slavism. Pan-Slavism appealed to many Slavs who felt nationalism towards their race. However among the Slavs, there were many different opinions. Some believed that there was a cultural, ethnic, and political connection among all Slavs. Others argued that there was no place for Pan-Slavic goals in the present empires. Above all, the cultural and political issues in the debate over Pan-Slavism were nationalism for ones …show more content…




There was also a lot of tension between the governments of the empires where the Slavs resided. In 1843, an editorial in Contemporary Austrian Review affirmed that in order for Austria to prevent Russian influence among the western and southern Slavs, it must to take control over the Slavs and promote their national development. It stated that if Austria did this, then they would destroy all illusions of a Russian Pan-Slav party as well as gain support among the Russian Slavs, who would no longer consider Austria a foreign ruler. During this time, there were also conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia. Russia supported the Slavic Serbs against Austria-Hungary, thus creating feelings of enmity between the Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires.



Rulers from other countries were also beginning to fear the Pan-Slav party in Russia. They worried that Russia would create a universal monarchy. In a Viennese newspaper in 1873, Frantisek Palacky wrote that the Russians wanted to absorb and destroy everyone's nationality. Palacky was against a Czech republic or any other republic within the present boundaries of the Austrian Empire. He feared that if Russia took over, then the Austrian Empire would be divided up into a number of republics. Another concern was that because many Austrians were Slavs, they might develop pro-Russian tendencies during a crisis. This would increase the

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