Nationalism in Mexico, Japan and India

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Nationalism has been demonstrated to be at its strongest in almost all nations around the world during the past century (1900s). The consequences of nationalism around the world have both been good and bad. It has caused many wars between nations as well as unity and prosperity among citizens of ones country. Nationalism is the political ideology that stresses people's membership in a nation, a community defined by a common culture and history as well as by territory. Nationalism was strongly seen in Europe and Asia during and after World War II. Among the countries in those continents lie Japan, India and Mexico, which is part of the Americas.

        In Japan, nationalism was used to make the country unite to invade China and expand its territories. Historians can say that unlike Mexico and India, Japan is one of the countries that used nationalism in a malicious way. Japans ideas where to make its nation prosper and compete with European nations; however in their attempt to succeed, they adopted ideas that would later harm other neighboring nations and oversea nations, like the United States.

Like Mexico, Japan wanted to revive the country economically by eradicating the evils of exploitation and setting up an economic structure for coexistence and co prosperity.(Andrea 406) Japan's intensions where also to make Eastern Asian countries abandon European and American culture and develop their own culture and contribute to the creation of a just world. Japan, India and Mexico used nationalism to make their citizens come together in an effort of making changes in their countries. They are similar in that the three countries achieved some of their goals. Japan invaded China, and for some years during the 1930s and 1940s was a superb and one of the strongest nations in the world, India gained its independence...