Patterns of Nationalism
NATIONALISM has been one of the great motivating factors of the modem world yet it defies any precise definition. It is a concept in which the loyalty and allegiance of the individual are held to be due primarily to the nation-state. Put another way, it can be described as the desire of a people to be united as a sovereign nation. Many writers on nationalism have emphasised that it exists in the form of a state of mind or a general will. Throughout history men have been moved by an attachment to their native soil and to local traditions and conventions, but the nation-state as we know it today is essentially a product of the modem era. Its earliest developments may be traced in Western Europe from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries onwards, and especially from the late eighteenth century. Subsequently, nationalism has spread, sometimes gradually, sometimes quickly, through the five continents of the world. It has been immensely significant in twentieth-century Asia.
KeywordsNineteenth Century Constitutional Reform Sovereign Nation Constitutional Monarchy Colonial Empire
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