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How are nationalism and imperialism related?

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Nationalism is related to imperialism because it is a tool of imperialist governments that helps them to rally support for their cause among members of the empire. Nationalism refers to a feeling of devotion to the state held by the people who live there; imperialism refers to the desires and actions of the government of a nation to assimilate territory. In most cases, in order for a government to wage a successful imperialist campaign, it must first induce the population that it already rules over to have strong feelings of nationalism, which can then be played upon to help citizens to justify the imperialist mission. For instance, nationalism (the love of one's own nation) can be easily manipulated into outright xenophobia (the fear of those from outside the nation) with the right propaganda campaign. This relationship can be observed repeatedly in history.

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Nationalism doesn't necessarily entail imperialism, but throughout the course of history, the two ideologies have often enjoyed...

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