The Nationalism Of The 19th Century

913 WordsOct 7, 20154 Pages
Abstract in Abstract in principle, yet individually quantifiable, nationalism swept through 18th and 19th century global populations, igniting the fire for some of the most significant and revolutionary changes of the time. During the period, eons’ old hierarchal systems found themselves closeted, as novel enlightenment principles were bred and spread throughout the world. Kingdoms fell, borders were redrawn, and ultimately, nationalism led to the worldwide adoption of a new sense of individual identity, no longer associated with kings and queens. Full embracement of the nationalistic revolution benefited individuals and nations alike, eliciting feelings of pride in its practitioners, while uniting individuals in invisible and powerful communities, resulting in the forward progression of society. Angered and primed for revolt, as the result of continual monarchal abuse, citizens of Europe and their overseas colonies, felt at bay with their crowned rulers. Their sense of identity, once engulfed by their respective empires, began to slowly degrade with the progression of the 18th century. In its replacement an imagined communities began to form amongst societies, and cultures, one not based on their empires, but instead on their common traits. This new notion of self-image, nationalism, can be found embodied in many of the time periods writings, spanning from the early 18th to the late 19th century. However, while diverse in age and subject, many of these writings seem to
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