The Purpose Of Nationalism
‘An Introduction to East and Southeast Asia’, mentions that the purpose of nationalism is the “unification of people of a common language under a single national government” (Knight & Heazle 2011, p. 84), which is followed by many countries today. Nationalism has helped to create a specific identity to its nation, through a common language, shared historic tradition, and geographical boundaries unite people of one nation wherever they may be (Knight & Heazle 2011, p. 84). Nationalism succeeded its mission of liberating Asians from the colonials. It 's further stated in ‘Nationalism in Asia: A History Since 1945’, that "religion and language are …source of cohesion – and division”, in Indonesia, ethnic Javanese have dominated the state since its independence but since most of the population share Islamic ideologies, it unites the people and creates a common ground of understanding (Kingston 2016, p.