Cultural Nationalism

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  • Cultural Nationalism
    • The people of the German states all spoke German- that's 25 million!
    • Romantic nationalism spread across the states due to the fact that many artists, writers and composers considered themselves 'German' and thus, a lot of their work advertised the 'romatic' idea of a unified Germany.
      • This inspired many Nationalistic songs such as 'The Watch on the Rhine' and 'Germany Above All'
      • Romantic nationalists were people such as Beethoven, Handle, Weber and Wagner.
    • They had a shared culture- Most of those from the German states grew up hearing folk tales such as Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel by the Grimme Brothers.
    • SUCCESSFUL in that it revealed to the people of the German states that they are all similar and culturally, they were already one. So why not unify?
      • OVERALL: Cultural Nationalism was successul to a certain extent in unifying Germany because it gave people the right attitude towards it. However, it was not completely successful because cultural nationalism alone would not have achieved unification of the German states.
    • UNSUCCESSFUL in that the idea of a unified Germany was very much a dream. None of the cultural nationalists did anything to actually try to achieve a unified Germany.
      • OVERALL: Cultural Nationalism was successul to a certain extent in unifying Germany because it gave people the right attitude towards it. However, it was not completely successful because cultural nationalism alone would not have achieved unification of the German states.
  • Anti-French Sentiment existed amoung the people of the German states due to their bad past with the french.
    • Cultural Nationalism
      • The people of the German states all spoke German- that's 25 million!
      • Romantic nationalism spread across the states due to the fact that many artists, writers and composers considered themselves 'German' and thus, a lot of their work advertised the 'romatic' idea of a unified Germany.
        • This inspired many Nationalistic songs such as 'The Watch on the Rhine' and 'Germany Above All'
        • Romantic nationalists were people such as Beethoven, Handle, Weber and Wagner.
      • They had a shared culture- Most of those from the German states grew up hearing folk tales such as Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel by the Grimme Brothers.
      • SUCCESSFUL in that it revealed to the people of the German states that they are all similar and culturally, they were already one. So why not unify?
        • UNSUCCESSFUL in that the idea of a unified Germany was very much a dream. None of the cultural nationalists did anything to actually try to achieve a unified Germany.
        • The main reason for this of course due to the french occupation of the German states during the Napoleonic wars
        • In 1840, the French threatened to take over the Rhine Land.

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