The Driving Force behind nationalist movements in the 19th century

The Driving Force behind nationalist movements in the 19th century

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Kathryn Harris Introduction to European Civilization 1026 October 4, 2007 The Driving Force Behind Nationalist Movements in the Nineteenth Century The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines nationalism as “devotion to the interests or culture of one’s nation; the belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals; aspirations for national independence in a country under foreign domination.” 1 Nationalism is a sentiment that far exceeds patriotism in that nationalists often view the world through tunnel vision, only seeing their own country and its interests. Nationalists are prepared to kill and be killed for the greater good of the state and look down upon those who do not feel the same. In the nineteenth century in Europe, all of these feelings were evident among many nations. Sovereign states such as Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, and others found a new outlook in nationalism after the Crimean War, a driving force for the nationalist movements.
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