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Social 20-1: Understandings of a Nation - Kelsey Taylor
Transcript of Social 20-1: Understandings of a Nation - Kelsey Taylor
What is a Nation?
"A large assembly of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory."
Understandings of a Nation #1 -Linguistic
Samuel Johnson, the man who compiled the first English dictionary once said, "Languages are the pedigree of nations." Many share the same belief, that language helps create a sense of nation, and build similar worldviews amongst th people.
For example: In Quebec, French is the first language of more than 80% of the people - the linguistic side of the nation is very strong.
Understandings of a Nation #3 - Culture
Culture is the way of life that a people share. Commonly related to ethnicity, but it isn't always the case.
For example: The culture of the Haida people, whose traditional territory is on the West Coast, is different from the culture of the First Nations of the Prairies.
Example of blind patriotism. Where a the people are filled with pride for their country, but can't really see what else is going on in it, that could potentially cause them concern or doubt in their leadership.
Understandings of a Nation #2- Ethnic
Many people support the idea of basing nation on ethnicity because they believe it will protect people's collective identity. But this idea doesn't come without risks, in extreme cases this can lead to racism & intolerance. Ethnic pride is something that needs to be treaded carefully.
Understandings of a Nation #4- Religious
Religion is an important vessel to understanding a nation through. It usually connects to culture in big or small ways.
For example: The Jewish nation has existed for over 3000 years, for most of the time the Jews did not have a territory of their own until Israel became a country in 1948.
Understanding of a Nation #5- Geographic
The effects of geography play a huge role on the development, and growth of nations. Things like mountains, lakes, oceans, and deserts determine the connections nations may have to each other.
For example: For thousands of years Tibetans were isolated on the vast Tibetan plateau, as a result they formed a distinct language, culture, and religion apart from their government.
Understandings of a Nation #7- Spiritual
A people's connection with the land is sometimes bound up with spiritual ties that cause unity or strife.
For example: Christians, & Jews both share a relation with Israel, being the Holy Land.
Understandings of a Nation #8 -Political
Politics affect the liberty of a nation or it can cause tension between another nation.
For Example: The conflict between North & South Korea. Geographically they are close, but politically they are enemies.
Understandings of a Nation #6- Relationship to Land
The land of a nation can greatly affects the quality and actions of a nation mostly because of resources or lack thereof.