PPTItalUnif2.21.11

PPTItalUnif2.21.11 - Nationalism and Nation Building...

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Unformatted text preview: Nationalism and Nation Building Italian Unification Main argument: The Unification of Italy demonstrates that national identity is a modern invention, brought about in part by the French Revolution. Moreover, Italian Unification showed how governments used nationalism to strengthen the state. Nationalism: A 19 th century ideology which held that ‘national’ groups bound by language, culture, and other factors formed basic, natural units of socio- political organization and should have their own independent states, so-called ‘nation-states.’ “God . . . divided Humanity into distinct groups or nuclei upon the face of the earth, thus creating the germ of Nationalities. Evil governments have disfigured the divine design. Nevertheless you may still trace it, distinctly marked out – at least as far as Europe is concerned – by the course of the great rivers, the direction of the higher mountains, and other geographical conditions.”-Giuseppe Mazzini, The Duties of Man (1858) Interpretations: • Invention • Historical/Cultural Ernst Renan...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course HST 112 taught by Professor Ebner during the Spring '08 term at Syracuse.

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PPTItalUnif2.21.11 - Nationalism and Nation Building...

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