nationalist movements in Africa and AsiaHow did traditional beliefs and practices aid and/or hinder the development of “modern” nationalist movements in Africa and Asia? Were these beliefs and...

nationalist movements in Africa and Asia

How did traditional beliefs and practices aid and/or hinder the development of “modern” nationalist movements in Africa and Asia? Were these beliefs and practices as influential in this development process as colonial policies and military power?

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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One could argue that traditional beliefs and disagreeements between Hindus and Muslims in India, for instance, hampered the rise of a "modern" nationalist movement in that country. Because of these religious differences, huge numbers of people were slaughtered when India achieved independence, and, of course, relations between India and Pakistan have been hostile ever since.

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I don't think tradition is a bad thing for any country, but sometimes traditions can get in the way. In Africa and Asia one of the biggest problems is the diversity of language and cultures both had. This can make it difficult to get everyone going in the same direction.
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In some ways, tradition hindered the development of modern national movements.  This was particularly true in places where there were multiple ethnic groups within one colony.  These ethnic divisions (which can be seen as traditional) made it hard to unite against the colonizers.

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