The Role Of Nationalism In German Unification: Three Post Holed Examples

2251 words - 9 pages

Nationalism, or the love of one's country, has been the central theme in the sustained unification of most successful countries. Throughout German history, several unification attempts were not associated with a strong and sustained sense of nationalism. The Germanic peoples came together under strong leadership to achieve common goals and needs, including increased political, economic and military strength. The lack of sustained nationalism during these unification attempts destabilized Germany and created conflict. During the First Reich, or Holy Roman Empire, the people came together for defensive and political reasons, but there was no sustained nationalism. It was for this reason that there were border conflicts, ruling families kept changing, and there was religious conflict (The Story of Civilization IV). However, in the Second Reich, Otto von Bismarck created the first German unification with strong nationalistic feelings. These nationalistic feelings were not sustained after the wars for unification. Then, in the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler took nationalism to the extreme by trying to create one unified nation with only one race, persecuting everyone who was different. Even though this extreme form of ethnic nationalism caused people to do horrible things, it created an extremely powerful and unified country (Pendulum Swings to Right in Reich). Today, Germany is a country with strong nationalistic feelings as demonstrated by the unification of East and West Germany in 1990. Nationalism, or the lack of it in some cases, has shown to be an important making or breaking factor in German unifications throughout history.The Holy Roman Empire is said to have began in the year 800 with Emperor Charlemagne. This empire was about 300 small German states unified to make one empire under one leader (The Holy Roman Empire). However, there was little nationalism between the states. Each state was autocratic, or self-governing, and had different races, ethnicities, ideas, and religions. Each state had different allegiances to each other. The only common bonds between the states in the Holy Roman Empire were that they spoke the same language and had a vague allegiance to the same emperor (The German People). However, this emperor's power was mostly symbolic. These states did unify for a common cause, but it had nothing to do with nationalism. Being such small states, they naturally feared the larger unified countries around them. If attacked, they would stand no chance against a power like France. But, if they were one large empire, they would have much more military power. Another reason for this unification was so that they would have more political influence in Europe. They also wanted to have one unified court system with common laws (The Holy Roman Empire). However, because of the lack of sustained nationalism there was much conflict between different groups of people. One example of internal conflict in the Holy Roman Empire is the Thirty Years War,...

Find Another Essay On The Role of Nationalism in German Unification: Three Post-Holed examples

Three examples of Symbolism in "The Scarlet Letter"

911 words - 4 pages Symbolism is the use of concrete symbols to display a deeper more detailed meaning. In "The Scarlet Letter", Nathaniel Hawthorne employs many symbols that demonstrate a deeper sense. The most obvious symbol is the scarlet "A" that Hester is required to wear as punishment for the adultery she was accused of. The use of sunshine to display goodness and purity illustrates a strong symbol throughout the novel. Pearl, the daughter of Hester and

Nationalism in German Music During the Early Romantic Period

2809 words - 11 pages Nationalism in German Music During the Early Romantic Period Until the nineteenth century, music was generally regarded as an international language. Folk music had always been in place and linked directly with particular regions. On a larger scale though, European music was a device for expression through the application of Italian techniques and styles. In other words, its technical vocabulary was Italian, and from the time of

"Nationalism was probably the most important cause of unification". Discuss with reference to Germany

843 words - 3 pages this caused the beginnings of the unifying the Germans. The 1848 revolutions, although a serious blow to the German nationalism, they laid the idea of a united state with persisted in the hearts and minds of liberal-nationalists. There are other factors that cause the German unification. The growth of liberalism is one of them and cannot be ignored. There have been increasing number of liberals in the middle class people and these people lead the

The Role of Post-Marketing Surveillance in Clinical Trial

1241 words - 5 pages The Role of Post marketing Surveillance in Clinical Trail Clinical trails containing new drugs are categorized into essential four phases (1). The drug development procedures are usually performed through the all phases over several years (1). The drug will be approved for use in the general population, if it successfully exceeds through the first three phases; I, II, and III. The fourth phase -IV- is called Post marketing Surveillance and

The Role of Women in Post-independent Africa

837 words - 4 pages from South African culture are expected to be household managers, in other words, provide, nurture, and educate the family. According to the article “The Role of Women in Post-independent Africa”(n.d) female education affects the family health and nutrition, agricultural productivity, and fertility (para 3). A women’s involvement in educational systems is frowned upon, because it takes from fulfilling the responsibilities of the home, thus women

The Role of the Individual and Society in the Late 19th Century, Nationalism

1995 words - 8 pages The Role of the Individual and Society in the Late 19th Century, Nationalism A young boy of both German and Italian heritage opens a book on his ancestry. The earliest recordable links he can trace from his Italian and German roots are two tribes. The tribes are very similar in all aspects that he can discern. The German people have the same interests, occupations, religions, and traditions. Identical traits are seen in the Italian

The involvement that the Brothers Grimm had in developing the German Nationalism and social culture at the beginning of the 19th Century

1139 words - 5 pages One of the ideologies that started to emerge in the German states during the early nineteenth century was the concept of nationalism. The idea of being loyal to one country and having a cultural pride that makes ones country better than the others. Two brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, well educated, and respected scholars, helped develop this ideology by gathering folk tales from the different regions in order to help unify Germany and to

The Unification of Germany

1365 words - 5 pages The Unification of Germany           In 1871 the thirty-eight states of what was once the Holy Roman Empire, re-united to become what was known in the early twentieth century as simply, The German Empire, united under the rule of the German Emperor, or Kaiser. There are many factors which led to the unification of the German states; liberalism, nationalism, Otto Von Bismarck, fear of ‘another Napoleon’, the Prussian King William I, and

the unification of germany

1437 words - 6 pages provisions of the Vienna settlement were that Italy had to abandon the reforms and changes that the French had introduced during their occupation of Italy between the years 1796-1815. The French during their rule, reformed the state system by creating a four state system, they changed the political system by reducing the power and privileges of the landed aristocracy and the church and by allowing the middle classes a role in politics by introducing

Evaluate the role of nationalism, as a contributing factor to Russia's success in the Great Patriotic War

572 words - 2 pages The role of nationalism was integral for Russia, in order for them to have success in the Great Patriotic War. If it wasn't for the "cult of personality" surrounding Stalin, Russia would have failed to gain support to fight off the German attacks.The German blitzkrieg, known as Operation Barbarossa, nearly succeeded in breaking the Soviet Union in the months that followed. Caught unprepared, the Soviet forces lost whole armies and vast

In-Depth Analysis of the Unification of the American Colonies

1724 words - 7 pages Boston Tea Party in 1773. England admonished the colonists' actions through the Intolerable Act. Parliament's actions only caused the colonies to unite again, since other colonies aided Boston. So, though the political developments played a crucial role in bringing the colonies together, it was primarily the French and Indian War and the end of salutary neglect that had led to the unification of America (Bailey and Kennedy 121-138).Many American

Similar Essays

" German Nationalism Was Responsible For German Unification"

1331 words - 5 pages nationalism was anti-French in origin. These feelings intensified and were nurtured, eventually spreading from the youth to the new middle class. The Crimean War reinforced these feelings and the German people looked towards Prussia as a leading power in Germany for salvation. Therefore we can see that not only Bismarck was responsible for the unification of the German states but also the people who longed for a unified Germany. These events, which

Was Bismarck The Key Figure In The Unification Of German?

1483 words - 6 pages Bismarck and other relevant factors caused unification1. Bismarck's determination, strong leadership, considerable political experience, and political cleverness demonstrate the importance of his role in German unification. The strong and determined leadership displayed by Bismarck played a very important part in uniting the German states. An example of this is when Bismarck illegally raised money for army reforms, boldly ignoring the

Economic Factors In Unification Of German People In The 19th Century

1463 words - 6 pages Economic Factors in Unification of German People in the 19th Century There is little debate about the factors concerned in nineteenth century German unification, the argument commences when the most important is put to question. To find the most important we must surely look to the primary factors, the instigating forces, or seeds if you will, that are required for the formation of a Nation State. The great

The Process Of The Unification And Founding Of The German Empire In A European Context: Otto Von Bismarck

2316 words - 9 pages Nordedeutscher Bund. Once the triumph was over Bismarck quickly began discussions for the union of the south German States and the Norddeutscher Bund. In 1871 the Deutsches Reich founding and the much anticipated unification of Germany had happened. Wilhem I was crowned emperor of the Deutsches Reich. Although there were many events leading up to the eventual unification of Germany and founding of the German Empire they appeared to be quite small