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Analyze and Interpret the following source. Explain the ideological perspective reflected in the source. Discuss the principles of nationalism and explain any keys terms or concepts used in the source.
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The presence of nationalism is quite a strong one in the poster. The idea of being able to cast individual actions in light of the overall state and linking to how an individual will act in connection to the idea of national identity is a powerful one in the poster. The question of "Will you be there?" in the issue of national enlistment helps to connect individual people to the advancement of the state, and in this light the nationalism is quite present in stressing that one cannot divorce themselves from the glory and power of the state. At the same time, I would suggest that the presence of the flag as well as the soldier pointing the flag in the background are also nationalistic elements. The names on the flag, I interpret, to be the names of people that have enlisted or (possibly) have died in the name of the nation and there is a certain glory attached to this. The ideology of nationalism is quite present in this particular source.
This Canadian recruiting poster from World War I is an excellent example of the use of nationalistic symbology in order to achieve a goal, in this case getting more men to enlist in the military in order to reinforce the forces already deployed on the Western Front.
Websters dictionary defines Nationalism as “loyalty and devotion to a nation...” Although this can be taken to extreme lengths, Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire during World War II are the most obvious examples of Nationalism being carried into a master race mentality, in most cases Nationalism is exhibited in an individual or community display of patriotism, such as the display of a flag.
In this poster we see the Canadian flag of the period, on this flag are written four place names that were the sites of battles in 1914 and 1915 in which Canadian troops saw action. An army officer shows this flag with its battle honours and asks “Will you be there?” The use of the flag, the uniform and the call to duty for your country are used to stir up the nationalistic fervour of the viewer, with the subtle hint that if you will not “be there” then you are not only letting down your country, you may also be a coward.
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