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Nationalism Throughout history there have been many different political ideologies, however one of the most controversial and influential in modern history is nationalism. Nationalism is a “movement in which the nation-state is regarded as paramount for the realization of social, economic, and cultural aspirations of a people. Nationalism is characterized principally by a feeling of community among a people, based on common descent, language, and religion” (Encarta). Nationalism has two different forms, ethnic nationalism and civic nationalism. While civic nationalism is seen as the positive version, ethnic nationalism has been discussed more often due to the negative impact it has had. Examples of ethnic nationalism can be seen throughout history, specifically in Nazi Germany Before examining specific instances of ethnic nationalism it is important to fully understand both civic and ethnic nationalism. Civic nationalism is defined as nationalism based on “an attachment or commitment to shared political values that is inclusive regardless of race, gender, religion, or ethnicity” (Freysinger notes). On the other hand, ethnic nationalism is
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