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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson I: The Dual Forces of Nationalism

Activity 2: Causes of Unification

Nationalism served as a unifying force for both Germany and Italy, but in other cases nationalism is more destructive and breaks up regions. Using what you learned from the previous presentation and your notes, complete the following activity to assess the factors that were present that allowed nationalism to unite these confederations into nation-states.

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Classroom Activity - Unification


Directions: Read each characteristic of the Italian and German nationalist movements below and determine its importance in unifying the nation-states.

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Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion question below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • Which characteristics do you think were most important in driving the nationalist movements to unite each region? Why?
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