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The Renaissance in Europe

  • The Renaissance in Europe fostered new political ideas
  • It reshaped nation-states emerging out of the feudal period of the Middle Ages.
  • Political revolutions occurred, causing tremendous impact on subsequent revolutions
  • Leaders were ousted and new governments formed.

Many European nations experienced heightened periods of nationalism in the 19th century and were either unified by it or divided into ethnic groups. The European nations that experienced unification because of nationalism eventually entered into a period of imperialism where they politically, socially, and economically took over weaker nations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Still later in the 20th century, these imperialized countries experienced nationalistic movements aimed at removing European imperial influences in order to establish their own autonomous states. Therefore, the tide of nationalism has been washing through history for roughly 500 years, making direct correlations between yesterday and today.

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