How Does Nationalism Solidify a Country? Essay

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Introduction Nationalism is ubiquitous. It exists in everywhere, like national flags, songs, novels or even in Marvel American Hero film. Before, studying how nationalism solidify a country we must fist identify what is a nation, nationalism and how it affects us. What is a nation? Quoted from J.V. Stalin, “Nationality ... is not a racial or tribal phenomenon. It has five essential features: there must be a stable, continuing community, a common language, a distinct territory, economic cohesion, and a collective character. It assumes positive political form as a nation under definite historical conditions, belonging to a specific epoch, that of the rise of capitalism and the struggles of the rising bourgeoisie under feudalism.” J.V.…show more content…
For instance, the romantic period in music, folk songs. They are all used shape a sense of collective heritage, common sense of belonging to their fatherland. To sum up, Nationalism focus of two aspects: “identity” and “feeling” Identity means a common identity shared among people. Who you are, where do you come from. Feeling means a sense of belonging toward your homeland and how you love it. How nationalism be promote and how it affects us? There are ways to promote nationalism and it affects us in both “visible” and “invisible” ways. Promotion of nationalism can be achieved through political, economic, social and cultural methods. National Flags, songs, even in extreme case censorship are political ways to spread the ideology of “Nationalism” towards citizens. For example, “patriotism” (Aiguozhuyi-愛國主義) in China. National flag of China which is hung everywhere to remind her citizens that they are Chinese. Censorship is implement in China to ensure that there is no text, movie or speech which offends China. It (the censorship) protects nationalism of China as no anti-nationalism, anti-patriotism message are released. In economic, there is a term called Economic Nationalism which means a country focus on trading with her own rather that trade with others. The aim is to protect the country herself from being tricked, deprived, from the other countries. But how economic nationalism affect us? For instance, Chinese
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