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brittany467 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM via web

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Examining source help please? Thank you very much!

Analyze and interpret the following source and explain the ideological perspective reflected in the source. Discuss the prinicples of nationalism and explain any key terms or concepts used in the source.

" Though born out of good intentions, nationalism has proven time and again to lead to bloodshed. The spirit of nationalism has never ceased to ben human intentions to the service of dissension and distress".

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 1, 2010 at 10:07 PM (Answer #1)

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Nationalism has been defined as follows:

"loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially : a sense of national  consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups."

The author of your quotation contends that nationalism tends to lead to war.  There are certainly many examples of this in history.  The Nazis, for example, believed that the German nation was superior to all others.  Thus, they embarked on a campaign of conquering their neighbors (such as Poland, Russia, France) and slaughtering Jews. 

The author states that nationionalism often leads to dissension and distress.  Dissension means division and disagreement between different people or groups.  Distress means suffering or discomfort.    

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