Making the Modern Nation-State Unit 2012-2013 - Lesson 5 6 - Germany

What does bismarcks view of the state individual

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Unformatted text preview: ple who identified neither with the German language and culture (French, Danes, poles) nor with the dominant religion (Catholic and Jews) Relationship Between the Individual and the State powerful, the state had to built on the principle of “one faith, one law, one ruler.”  •  Bismarck believed that the state and the individual were inextricably linked. –  The individual could not have any identity, interests, opinions outside of those sanctioned by the state. –  The aims of the state = the aims of the individual. –  The state and the individual must become become one. •  But… Maintaining Unification: Bismarck’s View of the Relationship Between the Individual and the State neither with the German culture •  The new citizens of the German empire did not have “one faith, one law, one ruler.”  •  What does Bismarck’s view of the state-individual suggest he empire did not this? might do about have  “one faith, one law, one ruler.”  •  What does Bismarck’s view of the state-individual suggest he might do about this? Bismarck Redefines Nationalism to Maintain Unification •  If Bismarck believes that the individual must completely align their interests with that of the state, then there is no room for internal conflict and dissent. •  Therefore, the creation of German empire necessitated that “diverse” groups either be suppressed or forcibly assimilated into the new national structure. •  To do this, Bismarck attempted to create a national identity and culture based on loyalty to the German state. Kulturekampf •  To eliminate these competing forces Bismarck introduced a set of laws and policies known as kulturekampf  –  Translation: the struggle for culture; struggle for civilization –  Purpose: Mov...
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