Nationalism Positive and Negative Effects on Latin America
What was the effect of The Latin American nations' nationalism? In order to answer this we first have to ask: "What is nationalism?" Once we understand this question we then can look at the effect of nationalism on the Latin American nations. Was the effect a positive one or a negative one?
Nationalism is an adjective that describes a group, which in this case the Latin American citizens, who has agreed to maintain unity in order to come to common goals. In the Latin American nation's case, the goals were to become modernized and economically independent of the former dominating nations. They wanted their culture to free of the influence of Europe and the United States. It is easy to see how these goals played off of each other. The nations could not have one and not the other.
After the Mexican Revolution, their newfound freedom sparked a tremendous need for nationalism in the hearts of the Mexican people. They were willing to fight for the independence. Even thought they were not under the rule of the Europeans, the Europeans still dominated the Mexicans own lives. Some outside group influenced everything ranging from the economics to the culture and politics. The elites still were in control of the politics to some degree. The Americans still had a big grasp on the economics of the Latin nations. Many of the Latin people had lost their own sense of tradition because of the outside influences.
These people saw a need to fight to bring themselves back to their own. They were willing to put up a serious fight in order to gain their goals. This fight turned very violent at times. Pancho Villa, one of the leaders in the struggle, led one of the most violent fights. He was on an anti-American mission. By fighting the Americans, Pancho and his men were showing their respect and support for the Latin community. In the spring of 1917, Pancho and his men stormed the min...