Impact Of Nationalism On European Populations

925 WordsApr 29, 20164 Pages
In terms of themes that caused changes in history, there is little than can compare to the raw pressure exerted by nationalism on the course of history. This evolving dialectic was able to change the very political, social, and economic landscape of Europe. It was able to topple centuries old social and political paradigms while simultaneously building new hierarchies. Moreover, nationalism was able to adapt to changing economic conditions as the European continent adjusted to ever changing technology and new methods of production. As a consequence, nationalism created new political systems as old regimes were dismantled and new ones arose to take their place. Quite understandably, this complex milieu was approached by historians, regardless of the period that they wrote about, using different yet distinct methods. For instance, some historians sought to demonstrate the role of nationalism by exploring the effects of cultural diffusion on European populations. Others sought to explore nationalism in terms of a reactionary force to traumatic events, or to be more specific perceived traumatic events. Likewise, some historians sought to explore the impacts of nationalism as a phenomenon influenced by the actions of the individual. With this approach in mind, Timothy Tackett in 2003 wrote a highly intriguing work titled When the King Took Flight. This work sought to explore the events surrounding one of the most influential occurrences during the French Revolution. In 1789, a
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