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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson I: The Dual Forces of Nationalism

Activity 1: Nationalism Unites Italy and Germany

In the early 19th century, both Italian- and German-speaking people were divided among many small and medium-sized states. The force of nationalism, charismatic and ambitious leaders, and shared cultural characteristics drove the states to come together into the countries of Italy and Germany. The mini-lesson presentation that follows discusses the factors and characteristics that allowed nationalist movements to unite both Germany and Italy.

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Presentation Activity - The Unifying Forces of Nationalism: Germany and Italy

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View the presentation:

When you are ready, select the play button to learn about The Unifying Forces of Nationalism: Germany and Italy. As you view the presentation, take notes in your notebook focusing on the reasons why these two confederations were able to unite into countries, including the role of nationalism.

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After you view the presentation: use the information you recorded to prepare for the assessment that follows.

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Interactive IconDirections: Read each of the following factors and decide if it contributed to the unification of Italy, Germany, or both by dragging to the correct column. Use the buttons provided to check the latest move or, when you are done, check the whole question.