Return to Nationalism Essay

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Nationalism is defined as a loyalty and devotion to a nation or a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups. Nationalism can also be defined as the strong belief that the interests of a particular nation-state are of primary importance of nationalism. Although the Merriam-Webster dictionary has a definition of nationalism, socialist were truly not clear on the exact definition. One thing is clear one cannot understand nationalism without first understanding the significance of nationalism by analyzing the movements that took place decades after WWII. Nationalism is the most widespread influential political and culture idea in the modern world. National identities express deep human desires to participate in and identify with social community. Nationalism was the most pervasive “ism” of the modern era. It took on different forms in many places, cultures, institutions and conflicts and the emotional identification with which nationalist have caused, have varied as people lived through periods of war, peace or social conflicts. Three stories from the early history of modern nations can introduce us to the cultural influence of nationalism: 1. Execution of Nathan Hale in 1776. Hale was thought to be a spy, by the British army, for the continental army; he became a symbol of American sacrifice, which stated American Nationalism as it was claiming its independence from Great Britain. 2. Expression of French Nationalism – Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle wrote a song that would become the permanent expression of French Nationalism. The song “La Marsaillaise” was written at the time when France declared war with Prussia and Austria. 3. German Philosopher Johann Gotlieb Fichte spoke to an audience in
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