Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism
Lesson I: The Dual Forces of Nationalism
Opening: The Impacts of Nationalism
Nationalism is a sense of loyalty and devotion that people feel towards a country. It's not just about living in the same place as others, but feeling a sense of identity through a shared culture and history. For example, as Americans we feel a national pride in things like baseball, democracy, and our diversity. But does nationalism always bring countries together?
In order to see how nationalism can have different impacts on countries, view the following images from recent history. After examining the photographs, discuss the questions that follow.
Classroom Activity - Nationalism
Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.
- How do these photographs represent nationalism?
- What generalizations can we make about nationalism using these photos?
- What other examples of nationalism can you think of from the past or present? How would these support our generalizations or change them?
Select the link to review the Discussion Scoring Tool (pdf).
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