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Introduction

Liberalism and Nationalism are two different ideologies that
emerged in Europe following the French Revolution, although they both have
deeper backgrounds in European intellectual history these ideologies continue
to characterize and shape political developments within the twenty-first
century In this essay I am
going to be comparing if both the ideologies Liberalism and Nationalism are compatible.
For us to understand the if they are compatible I will also discuss the history
of both ideologies. Liberalism is a political
ideology which main purpose is to protect and improve the liberty of
individuals.

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History of Liberalism

Liberalism did not
come into force until the early nineteenth century. However, liberal views and
values had been industrialised through huge social changes from the sixteenth century.
(REFERENCE) Nationalism is a notion that involves a feeling of extremely strong
attachment for one’s own country. (Bettina 2016) Liberals believe that everyone is born equal (REFERENCE)
everyone have different abilities and talents and liberals aim to provide
individuals with equal opportunities so everyone realise their potentials. Classical
liberalism was against with the association of the government in the economic
and social affairs of the state. Classical liberalism was first developed by
Adam Smith (Hansen, Curtis & Curtis, 2008). He suggested the fact that
there was an essential for a free enterprise where prices would be controlled
by market forces. Smith believed they would offer a free and equal opportunity
for to all individuals to participate. In this way both the rich and the poor
will benefit relatively rather than be in a position where the rich are the
only ones who benefitted. This was very much different from the former
situation of mercantilism where the government was very extremely involved in guidelines
of the markets.

During
the French revolution and the growth of the European revolution, there are some
factors with liberalism, that both had a important role which was to prevent
and help stop oppression of the citizens. However even though oppression and
the approaches of liberal political movements and political thinking, Liberalism was consequently
much pleasing to the lower social class because it get them equal chance as the
rich to make use of their skills and participate in national expansion. Even
though it received a high amount of disapproval from the rich or those of high
social status, it later came to succeed and that’s the reason why we even have
democratic societies in the Europe and the entire world (Curtis & Curtis,
2008).

History
of Nationalism

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

In conclusion Nationalism and Liberalism are compatible in
different ways, as shown with the existence of liberal nationalism. Liberal nationalism
was based on the existence of political concerns that liberalism associated
with the individual which therefore regarded the moral entities to certain
rights just like the individuals 

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