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Unformatted text preview: Poland, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania became their own nation states and gained independence. A significant reason for their desire for nation-hood was because of their differences from Russia in cultural ideas and ethnicity, making their loyalties to their nation states instead of Russia, even though they were part of the Russian Empire. Featherson also notes the example of Japan, who maintained restrictive barriers to keep out outsiders for centuries but have still managed to become an industrialized nation, while protecting their national identity. It can be argued that a group of people’s cultural identity can greatly be influenced by their level of nationalism and feelings of unity to members of their nation-state. Groups that have stronger levels of nationalism have a stronger sense of belonging to something, which helps them shape their cultural identity....
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