The Beginning of Nationalism

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Nationalism began to rapidly grow during the mid-nineteenth century throughout Europe, as well as the rest of the world. The shift in government, most commonly from a monarch structure to a democratic, influenced a dignified sentiment amidst Europe. The awareness of the problems present in the European nations by this dignity, allowed them to resolve their problems, which ultimately shaped nearly perfect nations. This supposed “perfection” generated great dignity in the nation’s citizens, which influenced the nationalistic growth and the unity of countries, but also contributed to the collision of empires comprising of various racial minorities and the underlying of World War I.

Beginning in the 1700’s, nationalism emerged by means of affairs during the French Revolution, and stimulated pride within the French citizens. In the 1848 Proclamation of the Second French Republic (Doc 1), a statement is made addressing the abolition of all royalty in France and declaring the new form of government as a Republic, while also claiming to take all actions in order to prevent the formation of a new monarchy. Nationalism was evident in the people of France as a result to their greater voice and increased independence. In the eyes of the French, the proclamation was symbolic for liberty, comradeship, and equality. Without doubt, it can be assumed that the French citizens came together on account of the proclamation, which gave them a sense of dignity and concord in their country France. Jules Ferry expressed that the high superiority of France was above all other nations (Doc 8). Ferry imposed the ideal that there was a right given to those of superior races, as well as a responsibility to civilize those of substandard races. Therefore he w...

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...wing movement which caused the unification of countries, as well as the disunification and violent outbreaks. For instance, the unification of France caused by the French Revolution, Germany by means of Otto von Bismarck, as well as Italy due to Garibaldi, all are accountable of the nationalistic movement. However, on the other hand minorities in empires, for example Hungary, Slavic, and Austria were divided in the course of nationalism. Under the circumstance that they considered other ethnicities would repress them, but would benefit their country’s attainment by being separated. Many wars were results of nationalism fought by the Slavs, Germany, and France. Furthermore, nationalism aided in the construction of cultures and countries that are derived from today, and yet unidentified during the period of time, also built a domino effect that occurred in Europe.
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