What is "nationalism" and how did it lead to imperialism?

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Drawing a direct connection between "nationalism," which is endemic to all nation-states, and imperialism is a questionable proposition.  If one defines "nationalism" as strong feelings of loyalty to one's country and an innate belief in its goodness, than nationalism in and of itself cannot necessarily be equated with or even a contributor to imperialist policies.  Taken to its extreme, to include in its definition an intense feeling of superiority over other nations, then it could spawn policies that manifest themselves in imperialist ambitions.  Such was certainly the case with Nazi Germany, which clung to an extreme nationalist culture imbued with a sense of racial or ethnic superiority over other nations and ethnicities, and which resulted in invasions of many countries, especially in the Slavic realm, intended to...

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