Nationalisms South Africa, Middle East, Africa . Grade 11: Term 3 (Topic 4). Background and Focus. “The origins of nationalism lie in Europe” “Nationalism needs to be studied as a phenomenon that changed form in WWII.” “The focus should be on understanding where nationalism comes from.” - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
NationalismsSouth Africa, Middle East, Africa Grade 11: Term 3(Topic 4)
Background and FocusThe origins of nationalism lie in Europe Nationalism needs to be studied as a phenomenon that changed form in WWII.The focus should be on understanding where nationalism comes from.(DBE, History CAPS p22)
What is a Nation?
Write down 5 words to describe a nation.Ask the group to write down no more than 5 words that for them describe the idea of a Nation: Discuss Key idea and put them onto a flipchart. Return to these later in the presentation.3What existed before Nations?Religious CommunitiesDynastic Realms
What factors caused the rise of Nationalism in Europe?A Common Language / literacy15th Century: invention of The Printing PressNewspapers , pamphlets, books , spread of IDEAS not controlled by the church.Standardised language forms emerged.16th Century: Reformation (Lutheranism)Use of vernacular language (not all Latin)18th century: Mass EducationGrowth in literacyGrowth of the Middle Class16th 17th century new urban based merchant class emerged in Europe. (Middle Class)Middle classes wanted power to control the terms of their trade and business.Needed to unite with the masses (peasants, serfs) to overthrow the existing political structures ie the Kings and Queens.The middle class encouraged a sense of common grievance, a shared identity, the idea that they all belonging to something.
Industrial RevolutionUrbanisation destroyed the old bonds (feudalism, village identity)New identities forged in towns and cities (the citizen / sans culottes / working class)Railways made national travel and communication possible.Industrialisation created new national wealth and was instrumental in European colonisation (Late 19th C Scramble for Africa)FA cup final8
The creation of the Nation state in late 18th Century.
1776: The American Revolution1789: French Revolution
Before the 18th century Europe had been dominated by large multi-ethnic empires. New ideas of the will of the majorityAll men are born equal , declaration of the rights of men, We the People. New symbols flags, marsailles (anthem)Washington crossing the Delaware Emmanuel LeutzeLady Liberty leading the people Eugene de la CroixNationalism is one of the most important consequences of the French Revolution. Napoleons imperial control gave rise to local national opposition Black man in red shirt who was her prince whipple?a slave owned by one of three men to sign declaration of independence 9Napoleon and Beyond1795-1815 Napoleon built a great empire and extended French rule across Europe.He also established a state bureaucracy.BUT challenged by nationalist, patriotic armies.1815: Napoleon defeated at Waterloo and empire collapsed.19th century: the map of Europe was re-drawn, new nation-states emerged- Unification of Germany (1870) and Italy (1861).
Show the scene from Sarafina when Woopie Goldberg asks the class What stopped Napoleon at St Petersberg? The winter? no! the people! etcNB: Revolutions of 1830 and 1848. 10Elements of a NationA shared HistoryA shared culture and traditionsA shared languageA shared religionA shared geographical, sovereign nation-state
NB: Clearly not all Nations share these characteristics so nations have to be created in our imaginations.What the eye is to the lover language is to the patriot. Through that language, encountered at mothers knee and parted with only at the grave, pasts are restored, fellowships are imagined and futures are dreamed (B. Anderson)
11Imagined CommunitiesImagined communities are a concept coined by Benedict Anderson. He believes that a nation is a community socially constructed, imagined by the people who perceive themselves as part of that group. This is in opposition to the idea that the elements of a nation are long-standing and natural.
Why does Anderson say that nations are imagined communities?because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the mind of each lives the image of their communion
Definition of NationAn imagined political community that is both limited and sovereign
Imagined because members cannot all know each otherCommunity because a nation is conceived of as a horizontal comradeship of equalsLimited because no nation encompasses all of mankind, nor even aspires toSovereign because nations came into being during Enlightenment and strive for freedom
An imaged community?
A common language What the eye is to the lover language is to the patriot. Through that language, encountered at mothers knee and parted with only at the grave, pasts are restored, fellowships are imagined and futures are dreamed (B. Anderson) Poems, songs, national anthemsHow do you create a sense of nation when there are so many languages?Is language enough? Apartheid government did its best with bantustans to create nations on language (although not English and Afrikaans)16An Imagined Community?
Something to live for or die for?
What can a positive nationalism be built on? A sovereign political state guaranteeing full rights to all citizens.A shared constitution.Responsibility for our fellow citizens.Respect for cultural and linguistic diversity. Respect for the sacred memories of others.
Alternative definitions of NationalismHugh Seton-Watson I am driven to the conclusion that no scientific definition of the nation can be derived; yet the phenomenon has existed and existsTom Nairn The theory of nationalism represents Marxisms greatest historical failureContexts in which National Identities are CreatedGrade 11 Case StudiesAfrikaner Nationalism South AfricaAfrican Nationalism South AfricaAfrican Nationalism GhanaJewish Nationalism Middle EastPalestinian Nationalism Middle East