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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PPTItalUnif2.21.11 - Nationalism and Nation Building...

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