The French Revolution and Nationalism

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After the conflicts against Napoleon in 1815, the outlook of nationalism permeated throughout entire Germany by middle-class liberals and was influenced by the French revolution. Soon Bismarck unified the German states under Prussia. Nationalism encouraged the German people to stand against conservatives and when Germany was finally unified as the German Empire it was very much an authoritarian and a combatant state as well. This is a significant notion to remember about this time period in German history because it was Bismarck's most important legacy since for a thousand years a variety of kings and rulers had tried to unite the German states without success until Bismarck made his claim. Bismarck’s success led Germany to become one of the most powerful nations in Europe.

Overall, Nationalism developed in Germany because of social and economic changes, the new ideas such as liberalism and the Romantic Movement, there were changing balance of powers in the German Confederation, and the hostilities with France.

Not only did liberalism have a foundation of a philosophy devoted to the idea of individual freedoms for religion, speech, and press but the ideas were appealing to many of the middle class who valued the right to be themselves. Liberalism was grounded in middle-class interests because it expressed an association with the ultimate success of capitalism. As society evolved, liberals more and more denounced the aristocracy.

The Industrial middle class accepted liberalism and became the pinnacle majority. Liberalism, intellectually, represented an inspiration from the fundamentalist Whig mores and basis in the Commonwealth men.

Another paramount notion in the changing family life and urban society was the Industrial ag...

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...erchandise, and traveled around western countries to learn the ways of the west while China decided it would be best to adopt just a few western technologies. But technological development was not produced in China. At the same time as the Japanese was busy building an improved navy, the Chinese decided that finances would be better spent on luxury materials.

Consequently, Japan built itself an increasing economy and a dominant military while, on the other hand, China had isolated itself from trade and failed to defend the British opium invasion; within time, Japan effortlessly overran the Chinese in battle to seize territories such as Korea.

The aftermath of the two separate courses of actions were obvious. Japan, who held on and adopted westernization, became an imperial power while the Chinese were diminished to poverty, foreign control, and illiteracy.
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