How and why did German Nationalism develop in the 19’th century? The development of a sudden national pride, began during, through and after the French revolution, things began to seem more grand and to a larger scale, people saw things in a different light. Nationalism suddenly emerged, relatively quickly, and with immense presence all across Europe, the rulers of the time did not like this, but what could they do?
Germany is probably one of the most prevalent examples of how Nationalism had an effect and place in the society, reasons for this would be; they emerged due to a sudden union of any cultural identities, languages, remnants left over by the napoleonic wars unified them, economically very close and Prussia gaining more presence over time as a military and economic power. The reasons how nationalism developed are and could be argued are also the reasons why, I guess its up to perspective. The sudden union of many cultural identities was extremely important in creating a sense of unity amongst the German population, stories and legends that instilled national pride were the same for all, they all had the same if not similar culture instilled upon them, for example, the brothers Grimm, was a famous
German collection of fairy tales, this was a book heavily rotted in the nations cultures, and they all shared it. The nations all spoke German, if not at least originally because some nations were absorbed by France, but after napoleons empire was defeated returned to its previous state and background, meaning they al had a simple level of communication in which they all were familiar with, it would seem sill if Portugal was absorbed into Spain simply because their cultures and languages are different. The ideals and beliefs that the revolution had created could never have been gotten rid of, wether or not the leaders of he time believed it, things had changed drastically and permanently.
The classes had seen what could be done for the good of the people, all across the 39 states the people wanted the rights of freedom of speech and elected parliament officials, and this was seen as a possibility only through the solidity of a unified Germany under an entirely new kind of constitution. The countries also were very economically related and close as well as the communications system was rapidly improving, spread the feeling of relation, and that they were on the same team, they all relied on each other heavily for resources trade and just or their combined strength as nations standing together, which is the main reason they were kept that way. It would seem ridiculous for them to be mad or angry at one another for all their similarities, they were just brothers and sisters in their eyes, simply separated by a line on the map.
And finally their grouped support together behind their true leader for them, even though they were being governed by Austria-Hungary, was the increasing of power by Prussia, it quickly became one of the worlds leading military and economic powers, the work of the Congress was slowly being undone, as Prussia gained ncreasingly influential over the smaller states. Soon enough their would be the Frankfurt assembly who’s goal it was to unify the nations into little or big Germany, big Germany would have included austria but they were considered to culturally diverse and different.
The reasons why and how Germany developed such a sense of nationalistic pride as a group of nations is clear and explained in the text above cultural similarities,language,napoleonic war rements of ideas and growing strength and unity all relating to Prussia, later on to bond together to create the unified nation of germany.