In this week’s reading of Age of Empire, Eric Hobsbawn focuses on the creation of nationalism. Nationalism was established through the countries accepting and proomoting a democratic society. Although the united countries under this democracy was not the cause of nationalism. The countries instead had a liberal view under the democracy the each wanted and this liberal view began to cause unanticipated tension both inside and outside the county. People began to develop a strong sense of pride for their country, and began to identify themselves with their nation. However, some took their pride to the extreme and used it as a way to defend its country which in turn caused struggle between certain groups within the countries and people began to clash. I viewed nationalism, at this time to be a concept of saving grace. People identified witht their country and felt a strong sense of pride and belonging which really gave their country hope during war times.
I find it interesting that people at this time was very vocal in how they wanted the government and their country to be ran. Although they came to an agreement that they wanted a democracy, they were all dominantly liberal in terms of their view.
My question is how did nationalism directly aid the countries during war times?