Feb16 - Nations to Nation-States: Italian and German...

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Nations to Nation-States: Italian and German Unification Key Terms: 1) Herder and Volksgeist 6) Realpolitik 2) Nation and Nationalism 7) Otto von Bismarck 3) Befreiungskriege 8) Austro-Prussian War (1866) 4) Guiseppe Mazzini and Risorgimento 9) Franco-Prussian War (1870) 5) Camillo di Cavour 10) Alsace and Lorraine I. Nations and Nationalisms What is a “nation”? What are nations based on? How are they “constructed”? o Nations share a common past Traditions Culture symbols o Some people worship their nations as a sort of modern, secular religion o Ernst Renan, What is a Nation? Suffering unites more than success – moments of collective solidarity Plebiscite - the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution o Johann Gottlieb Herder and the Volksgeist Each people has a specific spirit rooted in their culture and
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This note was uploaded on 05/24/2011 for the course HIST 152 taught by Professor Hunt during the Fall '10 term at UNC.

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