15 Facts About Nationalism


Nationalism is an idea and movement that holds that the nation should be congruent with the state.

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Nationalism holds that each nation should govern itself, free from outside interference, that a nation is a natural and ideal basis for a polity, and that the nation is the only rightful source of political power.

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Nationalism, therefore, seeks to preserve and foster a nation's traditional culture.

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Nationalism developed at the end of the 18th century, particularly with the French Revolution and the spread of the principle of popular sovereignty.

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Nationalism can be combined with diverse political goals and ideologies such as conservatism or socialism.

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Nationalism has been a feature of movements for freedom and justice, has been associated with cultural revivals, and encourages pride in national achievements.

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Nationalism as derived from the noun designating 'nations' is a newer word; in the English language, the term dates back from 1798.

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Nationalism imposed rational legal systems and demonstrated how dramatic changes were possible.

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Nationalism's policies were ruinous, both for Italy's trade with France, and, more humiliatingly, for colonial ambitions in East Africa.

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Nationalism responded by stopping the harassment and cooperating with the Centre Party.

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Nationalism instead endorsed the Piast Concept, which justified a massive shift of Poland's frontiers to the west.

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Nationalism's successor was Saint Sophronius of Vratsa, who started the struggle for an independent Bulgarian church.

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Nationalism again gave rise to powerful emotions, which evoked, in some extreme cases, a willingness to die for what one believed, a fight for the survival of the group.

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Nationalism sees history, especially contemporary history, as the endless rise and decline of great power units and every event that happens seems to him a demonstration that his own side is on the upgrade and some hated rival is on the downgrade.

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Nationalism argued that nationalism suppresses minorities, places country above moral principles and creates a dangerous individual attachment to the state.

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