Oakton Community College Module 4 Nationalism and WWI and Course Analysis

Assignment 4.1

Nationalism, the idea that one’s identity is closely tied to the nation-state in which one lives, is a fairly modern concept in world history. Beginning in the eighteenth century, a series of shifts led many people to replace older loyalties (such as those to clan, church, or king) with loyalty to the nation. As powerful nation-states competed and carved out empires in the nineteenth century, they began forming the alliances and pacts that would soon lead to world war. An appeal to nationalism was one key tool that government leaders used to inspire their citizens to join that fight.

  1. Download the Nationalism and the World Stage document.
  2. Read the points to consider at the top of the document. Then read over the provided speech and propaganda excerpts.
  3. Create a new document respond to the following questions:
    • Define Nationalism. Cite the sources that influenced your definition for the term.
    • Choose any of the examples of Nationalism provided on the Nationalism and the World Stage document. Reflect on how that example illustrates any of the seven elements mentioned at the beginning of the document. If an element is not illustrated, state that it is not illustrated. These elements are:
      • Direct appeal - the message is for you specifically, it’s personal
      • Emotions: pride, loyalty, duty
      • Emotions: fear or anger
      • Mention superiority of the country (we’re better than others)
      • Mention an enemy from outside (a foreign group or nation is out to get us)
      • Demonize those who aren’t patriotic enough
      • Appeal to God or religion (God is on our side)
      Assignment #4

    • A Letter to the FacilitatorWe are more than halfway through this course and it's a great time to get all of your ducks in a row. In this activity, write a letter to the course facilitator to help him/her better understand how to assist you in completing this course. Your letter should be approximately 250+ words. Here are some questions to consider, though you do not need to respond to these if you already know what you want to write about.
      1. In general, how do you feel about the course?
      2. Have you liked the assigned materials? Were they helpful? Did they assist in helping you complete the activities
      3. How have the activities been? Have they been interesting and varied? Have they helped you to understand the historical concepts covered in this class? Has the work been too easy or too difficult? What might make the activities better?
      4. Has the instructor's feedback and discussion responses helped you to work through this course? If so, what about the feedback helped? If not, what might the instructor be able to do in order to better facilitate?
      5. What has the facilitator done that has been helpful or interesting?
      6. Is there anything else you think the instructor should know as we begin to wrap up the class?