Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nationalism and the Creation of Italy

The definition of Nationalism according to the document is the belief that one's greatest loyalty should not be a king or an empire, but to a nation of people who share a common culture or history.

I am nationalistic because I bond with and trust people around me that are from where I am from, and those who I know really well. I go to special party's for history, I go to my grandparents a lot, evem thpugh they live far away. I am loyal to go to them as much as I can, or that is whenever I get a chance.

I think that nationalism was used in a strange way. All of the Italian people were taking a lot of pain and punishment. So somehow all the people gathered together, and they wanted to revolt. Then they go together with some other countries that were also being pushed around by the same empire that was controlling Italy. They got together, and wanted to start a war to fight for their freedom. This war was called the "
Austro-Prussian War". This war was in 1866, and Prussia had won this war.

Italy was nothing before nationalism happened. Nationalism destroyed many empires/countries but it also build many countries that are still with us here today. Italy became
Italy thanks to nationalism. If it wasn't for that I wonder how it would be today.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Simon Bolivar and Latin American Revolutions

Simon Bolivar was born on the date of July 24, 1783 and died on the date of December 17, 1830. He was known as a South American political leader. He was the president of Gran Colombia from 1819- 1830. He has got the following countries independence: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Bolivia.

In these countries he is referred as a national hero to them.On the date of August 6, 1825 at the
CONGRESS OF UPPER PERU, THE REPUBLIC OF BOLIVIA was created. Bolivar is one of few men to have a country named after him. It is such a prestige honor to have a country named after your name. I think the reason they named the country Bolivia after his name, was because he was a hero to them.

He got them their independence.He helped to defeat the country of Spain. Spain at that time had control of a lot of things. With the help of Simon Bolivar 6 countries gained their independence from Spain. He was fighting for independence of his country, and other countries around his.

What influenced Bolivar was the French and the Scottish Enlightenment and also the Greek.

Monday, October 5, 2009

John Locke "The Enlightenment "

When I read part of the constitution I liked this long saying very much "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."

When I read this I believe that it is trying to say that all people should be created equal, and they all have their rights. According to this the government gets its power from the people. Without the people our government would not be strong.