DBQ ESSAY

Topics: Nationalism, Germany, Nation Pages: 2 (850 words) Published: November 13, 2014
Spencer Chen
AP Euro. Per. 1
12/5/13
DBQ Essay
The people of the nation has came together to rise above all nations to set an influential example for others to learn from. During the time of 1850-1914, nationalism played a big and key role. In each nation, nationalism caused pride, improvement, and war outcomes. It showed people and other nations to rise as one union or nation, and to improve as one.

First off, nationalism in Europe caused war outcomes. As nationalism is rising throughout Europe, many nations decide to get ready and to prove their nation is the top or the best. By proving they are the best and that they will set the example of a very influential one, the nation would have to go to war to conquer the weaker nation or to gain its independence from another nation. For example, document 2’s painting depicting a Berlin uprising (Marzrevolution), shows the uprising of one nation over the other. This painting depicts how nationalism was used by having the people come as one and conquer or defeat the other nation. Not only that, “We are, moreover, more exposed than any other people to the danger of hostile coalition because of our geographical position, and because, perhaps, of the feeble power of cohesion which, until now, the German people has exhibited when compared with others.” (Otto von Bismarck; “War and Armaments in Europe”) proves that if you are a nation like Germany, you must be very alert and careful. One stupid move or mistake and your nationalism and nation will fall and be crushed by another nation. Lastly, It is the sacred conviction which has given birth to the steadfast belief both of our rulers and of the ruled, that Russia is the source and center of an invincible might, which is but increased by the attacks of her foes.” (Prince Ukhtomskii, “Russia’s Imperial Destiny”) proves that because the nation is the most invincible might, it has set an influential example towards other small states and countries. By being the top...
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