The Role Of Nationalism In The 19th Century

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Throughout history, nationalism has been a big problem, especially during the 18th and 19th century. No one nation should ever be considered more important above all others, which is most likely the reason so many problems arose because of nationalism. This problem grew, and by the 19th century it was affecting everyone. This was a very selfish way of thinking, and it was more than abundant during these times, because of this more problems arose than these countries could handle. Empires came and went, wars weren’t uncommon, and it was impossible for one nation to believe they were the most important without others being minorities. Although so much of the world was affected greatly by Nationalism, there are three regions that stand out in particular: Germany, Italy, and the Americas. One of the…show more content…
Germany became a modern, unified nation under the leadership of the man known as the “Iron Chancellor” Otto von Bismarck, who between 1862 and 1890 effectively ruled first Prussia and eventually came to rule all of Germany. A master of strategy, he initiated well planned wars with several countries such as France to unite independent German states under Prussian leadership. Although he was an arch conservative, Bismarck introduced progressive reforms including the establishment of the first welfare state so that he could achieve his goals. He manipulated European rivalries to make Germany a world power, but in the process, he laid the basis for both World Wars. Another one of the countries most involved in Nationalism, and with one of the greatest impacts was Italy. The key factors that Benito Mussolini used to obtain the trust of the Italian community were nationalism and militarism. Nationalism is devotion and patriotism to your country with constant
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