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Nationalism

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             Nationalism is a widely held sentiment by the national population that
             places the existence and well-being of the individual people group, or
             nation highest in the often conflicting scale of political loyalties. In
             political terms, nationalism signifies a person's willingness to work for
             the nation against foreign domination, whether threatened politically,
             economically, or culturally. Nationalism is not only seen in time of war
             and during military armed conflict. Nationalism can also be seen by one
             group's desires to guide their own destiny, and pursue the goals and dreams
             which the individual group holds as important to them. As such, nationalism
             cannot be imposed on a group of people, but must rise up from the
             individual desires of those who seek individual and national identity.
             Under this broader definition, nationalism can be understood as a universal
             longing of each individual for freedom and the freedom to direct the course
             of his or her own life as an individual and a collective group.
             Nationalism implies a group's consciousness, and most often is seen
             among people groups of shared history, language, race, and values.
             Nationalism's significance lies in its role in supplying the ties that make
             the nation-state a cohesive viable entity, and supplying the internal
             desires for a people to overcome obstacles to their collective existence
             which would otherwise undermine their well being.
             Nationalism does not only belong to the modern world even though it is
             in the context of political groups that we talk about nationalism. Before
             the 18th century, people gave their loyalty to their communities, tribes,
             feudal lords, princes, religious groups, and this experience is the same
             collective social force which has been applied to the political nation
             today. Due to the tribal nature of nationalism, borders could thus be
             changed without popular outcry against the violatio...

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