Effects Of Nationalism In Europe

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Nationalism is the idea that a people who have much in common, such as language, culture and within the same location ought to organize in such a way that it creates a stable and enduring state. Nationalism is tied to patriotism, and it is the driving force behind the identity of a culture. Nationalism had many effects in Europe from 1815, The Congress of Vienna and beyond. Nationalism brings people together in a way and people can feel belong to something. Factors include Prince Metternich, the middle class in countries get involved, and ideas of imperialism and many others brought people together as one to be called nationalism. Nationalism was strongly endorsed by the middle class in most countries, including intellectuals, professors, students and journalists. These groups of middle class professionals were also the driving force behind the liberal movement where that coincides with nationalism. The idea that society could progress and reform was tied to nationalism and is part of the appeal that captivated the middle class. Those who would have opposed the idea of nationalism would have been the same people who opposed liberal reform, namely those already in a position of power including a king, someone part of the government, etc. As people cried out for democratic systems of government and reform, they were met with opposition from where aristocrats and members of the ruling elite who had a stake in preserving their own interests. Nobles, powerful
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