Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Nationalism has been the driving force of global cultural interactions since the mideighteenth century. Before being able to understand the profound effect of nationalism on the world it is prudent to understand the definition of nationalism. The MerriamWebster
defines nationalism as “loyalty and devotion to a nation
;” and “a sense of
consciousness exalting one nation above all others,” which can be summarized as the ideology of extreme national pride and selfinterest. As the origins of nationalism can be found in Europe the question of how it spread and why it was so detrimental to foreign affairs arises. As the world progresses, changes, and grows, so has nationalism, finding refuge in the people’s hearts.
period from the mideighteenth century to the eve of World War I, nationalism shifted from national identity to a Social Darwinism philosophy, as well as changing from a European ideology to one for all nations, while the effect of nationalism on policy and decisionmaking stayed constant throughout the time period.
There was change from the mideighteenth century to the eve of World War I within nationalism itself, it goes from a pride in national identity to a selffulfilling Social Darwinism philosophy. The mideighteenth century brought the Industrial Revolution into Europe and with it came a sense of pride in being European. The new technology as well as a shift in social
classes brought forth, for the first time, a sense of national identity and pride in one’s home country. It was this thinking that led to Europe’s search for spheres of influence in Asia, specifically China because Europe was so proud of their own economies, social structures, and way of life. However, as the century moves on, so does the progressive nature of nationalism ...
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