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National Revolutions

  • Niels Eichhorn
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Abstract

As the Atlantic world transitioned from the eighteenth into the nineteenth century, revolutionary upheavals touched virtually every part of the region. People formed new notions about what unified them, as suggested above by the Italian Revolutionary Giuseppe Mazzini. They could look to language, history, or culture to find commonalities. When the French Revolution broke out in 1789, intellectual elites agreed that a nation was only a political state with geographic limitations whose people abided by the same laws and spoke the same language.

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  • Niels Eichhorn
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  1. 1.Middle Georgia State UniversityMaconUSA

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