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333 2-14 - Mitch Garrett HIST 333 14 February 2011 Modern...

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Mitch Garrett HIST 333 14 February 2011 Modern State-Building People in Spain identified mostly with the regions rather than the nation as a whole. 4 reasons exist why there was any ethno-patriotic sentiment: 1. Catholicism, 2. Strong xenophobia (mainly against England and France), 3. Eurocentrism (mainly during the decline of the empire which spread to the Americas), 4. Self-pitying tone for its victimization of combat with other European nations. The War of Independence gave Spaniards a myth to believe they were one nation. Underdevelopment of Spain during the Romantic period made other European nations idealize the exoticness of Spain. They saw in Spain a people with strong cultural traditions despite a less developed political system and economy. From the outside, Spain was seen as a nation which eventually rubbed off on the Spanish people themselves. Obstacles to Liberal Nationalism The constant shifting of power from Liberal regimes to autocracy and monarchy to republic
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