Prompt: Analyze the forces that created a sense of nationalism, the development of nation states, and the development of political reform.
Nate Barton, Nathan Starnes, Chehab Kaakarli, Tyler Cunningham
The Basic Gist
During the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries- particularly surrounding the French and Industrial revolutions (when), a fundamental change in politics swept across Europe. Beginning in France and the Americas, these ideas which were spurred by Enlightenment ideas became the norm in many facets of Western civilization (where). By analyzing political figures such as Wilhelm I, Maximilian Robespierre, Franz Joseph, and Napoleon (who), one can gain a better understanding of the political and cultural climate of the time period. The reason (why) this is important is because political revolutions during this time period had enormous effects on the American constitution and therefore the world. Many of the ideas on government and human nature that arose during that time period such as the idea of unalienable human rights are prevalent today (what). The reasons as to (how) are too numerous to fully explain. However, the spread of nationalism, nation states, and political reform are largely because of Enlightenment ideas that were assimilated through innovations such as the printing press, as well as the development of industrial machinery and the assembly line.