This is an essay that compares modern and old nationalist movements. It also briefly describes the meaning of Nationalism.

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Nationalism is defined as movements in which nation-states are encouraged to realize economic, social, and cultural aspirations of people. It is based on language, religion, and common characteristics, and characterized by a feeling of union within the people. No one knows the exact cause why it began, but people say that it was a result of disintegration of societies to form bigger societies. People started to realize that they had to live in a society where they ruled, not a society ruled by others. Many movements occurred around the world as a result of nationalism. People were making up ways to support their ideas of ruling their own states. Examples of nationalism are the French Revolution, World War I, and World War II.

The Revolution of 1848 was a nationalistic movement that had an impact on modern history. This movement marked the period where people became conscious of many things.

In 1848, both Italy and Germany originated their movements for unifying and forming nation states. Although the Revolution of 1848 failed, it gave strength to the ideas of unification. Italy created a kingdom and Germany created an empire several years after this revolution. The idea of forming nation-sates was a nationalistic movement that influenced the development of many other European countries besides Italy and Germany.

World War was a major nationalistic movement that involved several European countries as well as the United States. Nationalistic problems were still affecting many countries. Nation-states had national minorities demanding either independence or changes in frontiers. Problems and misunderstandings suddenly started to affect many things. Problems within European countries and nation-states were mainly the result of World War I.

World War II was a nationalistic movement very similar to World War I. People in nations were very nationalistic and were as a result...