HAVC 135B : German Art 1905-1945

Romantic Nationalism

Romantic nationalism is the form of nationalism in which the state derives its political legitimacy as an organic consequence of the unity of those it governs. This includes, depending on the particular manner of practice, the language, race, culture, religion, and customs of the "nation" in its primal sense of those who were "born" within its culture.

That kind of legitimation is seen as deriving from the population, rather than from leadership (i.e monarchy, imperial power).

Definition adapted from Wikipedia, July 22, 2016.

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