To What Extent Should Nation Be the Foundation of Identity?
Nationalism creates how we are viewed and how we live upon our society, without the people in our nation-state we would not be the same civilized nation we have created to this day. I believe that if a country did not rely on its people as much as it does we would lack our current identity.
Nationalism is believed to have been around for as long as humans even though the word was not commonly used in their vocabulary the sense of nationalism was still present. A lot of people feel that the foundation of nationalism is a recent idea that has come from the 18th century, the American and French Revolution. During the French Revolution the upbringing of nationalism had a lot to do with patriotism, the people of Europe needed something else rather than just being taxed, and they needed a foundation of proper government and the ability to share loyalties. Today we express nationalism through our national anthem, special holidays such as Canada day or most importantly the Olympics, the sense of patriotism that comes from these expressions is incredible and truly shows how strong nation concords with our identity.
I strongly believe that nation is the people, this is proven through patriotism. Nation can also be shaped as an imagined political community and for those who strive for self government such as the Inuit who live in Nunavut. The French Revolution is one of the biggest responses to the shaping of nationalism, many people during the revolution disagreed how it was happening such as the beheading of their king and queen during the Reign of Terror in 1793-1794. Throughout the next several years French governments were unstable and struggled for power. Napoleon became sympathetic to the revolution in 1789. Later in 1799 Napoleon seized control over France in the Coupe de Brumaire, shortly after a new constitution was introduced and Napoleon was made the first Consul of France. People felt Napoleon was an inspirational leader and helped bring pride and power to France. He is also the foundation of the legal system in France today. Another example of a response to the shaping of nationalism would be the building of the Canadian pacific railway. John A. Mcdonalds dream, a railway to connect the nation.
So to what extent do we precedent our countrys culture and interests, and spotlight our native born people? Canada, I feel strongly considers those who take action to affirm and declare loyalties, such as those who risk their lives fighting for our nation in Afiganiston everyday, but where does conflict occur? Conflict comes about when new citizens are patriotic to their old and current country, I think it’s a good thing that immigrants still feel loyal to their previous country but a nation needs its people to fully contribute to it. Canada itself is very open to evryone from all countrys and races but we still need everyone on the same track.
Non-national loyalties are when loyalties are not embedded into the idea of a nation. During World War Two nationalist loyalties were very important but shortly after the war non-nationalsit loyalties became a greater importance. These two create conflict when they lead people towards different goals such as when social status becomes a competition, for instance the french revolution. In 1932 many people suffered from the great depression resulting in a lack of work force, food and hope. They started a march in hope for the government to help them, instead many were injured by the mounted police, Maria Dunn wrote a song about December 20, 1932 to represent how conflict can occur because of class loyalties.
Therefore I belive that without the people in a nation-state there is no country. Without the people in and providing to a country it would not be the same and we would not have the equal outcome of identity that we do today.