Euro-Liberalism and Nationalism

Euro-Liberalism and Nationalism - were eventually resolved...

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Sarah Benton Online Modern Euro FA08-O-LS-86195 11/15/08 Liberalism and nationalism contributed to the success and failure of reform in the mid-nineteenth century in many ways. Changing ideas, such as Darwinism/evolution, and social reforms such as abolition of slavery and led many to believe in social reform, but also pushed many in the opposite direction. Those who would benefit from the aforementioned ideas were fully supportive, but were generally not the powerful group in society. Wealthy, religious and land-owning men were generally at the place of power in the mid-1800s, and the ideas of a woman voting, or the abolition of slavery seemed ludicrous, especially with women or blacks at the helm of the movements. Events such as the emancipation of serfs in Imperial Russia, and the rise of a middle class filled with blue-collar working men threatened the high standing of men like this. While these issues
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Unformatted text preview: were eventually resolved in a positive way, they created much of a stir in the mid-nineteenth century. The problematic part was this ruckus. The end of the nineteenth century marked a period of change, and every event leading up to this point was crucial, but the amount of change left many uneasy. People were just settling in to a middle class, becoming comfortable in their social status, and most did not want nor expect a political/social upheaval. In this way, reform was both a success and a failure. To look at it from micro standpoint, the liberal/social and nationalism movements of the mid-nineteenth century did not accomplish much or gain much support at that specific time, but from a more macro view, these movements and ideas changed the entire world in a very short time....
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