The Importance Of Nationalism

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Nationalism is the patriotic attachment one feels to their own country or nation, either from a feeling of collective identity or individual feelings. Nationalism was an important topic of discussion during the early twentieth century because it was one of the main catalysts of the First and Second World Wars. Prior to WWI, a Serbian nationalist terrorist group attacked the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand when he came to visit Serbia to promote positive relations between their nations, killing him and his wife. The countries proceeded to declare war on each other and then alliances brought in many other countries from around the world into the disagreement. World War started off with one man, Adolf Hitler, igniting fierce nationalism within …show more content…
Nationalism has become an important issue as many countries have started to lean towards protectionism again. After the Second World War, international cooperation became the norm as agreements and international organizations like the United Nations began to rise. All of a sudden, countries were deciding to look more at the global community rather than just themselves. Today, countries are reverting back to their traditional views and becoming more isolationist. One notable example of this trend is the transition from President Barack Obama to President-elect Donald J. Trump. Obama warned the Greek people while visiting Athens that we, “are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude sort of nationalism, or ethnic identity, or tribalism” (Eilperin and Jaffe, pg. 1). This statement perfectly describes the type of nationalism that is currently emerging in politics today. Whether you agree with President Obama that nationalism should be a cause for concern or not, it is undeniable that nationalism certainly is becoming an important …show more content…
To understand this, we can look at the example of the British people wanting immigration to be suppressed in Britain. The thought behind this is that more immigrants they allow in the country, the fewer jobs there are for actual British citizens. With the European Union, it was very easy for people to get into Britain and work there with very few barriers to entry. Withdrawing from the EU makes it more difficult for foreigners to work in the country. The goal of this is to allow more British people to take on the available jobs. This shows British nationalism because citizens of the UK want to protect themselves and ensure that their needs are met first and foremost. This can be seen by the plethora of articles that came out in Britain after the supported the decion of the vote. One example of this is by Mary Dejevsky called, “Why the rise in post-Brexit nationalism could have unexpected benefits.” This came out a month after the results of the vote and talks about how “the UK’s detachment from the EU could usher in a period of cultural rebirth in which history, literature, art, architecture, and language are all celebrated and developed in a way that underpins a new sense of nationhood.” (Dejevsky, pg. 1) Articles like this perpetuate the nationalism and make it stronger throughout the country. The vote to withdraw from the EU proves that nationalism is on the rise for the

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