The word NATION has two different meaning. It may simply mean an independent state or country. However, it can also refer to a group of people who share such things as common attitudes, traditions, language, and values. Those who are part of a nation feel a sense of kinship with each other, and a sense of different from other people.
When this occurs, we say that feelings of nationalism exists. If they are successful in becoming politically independent they would likely form a NATION STATE with strong nationalism. Here are the elements of nationalism:
- common language(s)
- a common racial or ethnic background
- common territory (land)
- common history, tradition or religions(s)
- common goals and interests
Many countries do not have to have all five elements but feel a great sense of national pride - Canada is one example.
|This information is provided from the teachings of Mr. Kerr. Keep in mind that it may be slightly different from that which another teacher may have taught.|