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Nationalism and the Working Class, Women, and Minorities

I need assistance in writing a paper (1,050) that answers the following question: How did the rise of nationalism affect the efforts of the working class, women, and minorities to achieve political power by both peaceful and violent revolution during the period of 1789-1871?

Identify the changing roles of the working class, women, and minorities during this period. Explain the implication of the changing roles. Consider how these roles differed from country to country. Use the political philosophy readings by Marx, Engels, and Tristan to support your position.

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To understand the impact that nationalism had on changing the fortunes of the working class, women, and minorities during the period of 1789-1871 you must understand the prevalence of Marxism as well as the impact of the French Revolution. The French Revolution was responsible for much of the change in fortune for working classes, women, and to a lesser extent minorities. The revolution was responsible for changing the paradigm of power from nobility to the merchants or bourgeoisie wherein the new political class dominated the landscape. This allowed those from any social class who possessed property to begin to play a significant role in their country but women would continue to suffer throughout the nearly 100 span ranging from 1789-1871. The same can be said for minorities although both groups made integral gains in the private sphere and minorities such as slaves were freed in America during this time span.

The French Revolution had a monumental impact on other countries and Western Civilization as a whole because of the ideals that the government worked for the people and not the other way around. Therefore, the working classes were able to gain traction in society because they were increasingly taking the position that they were the highest source of political authority in any nation state. Liberalism and nationalism actually were the byproducts of the French Revolution; therefore, the French Revolution is the cataclysmic event responsible for starting the concept of nationalism.

The major legacy of the revolution was in politics. The revolution promoted the doctrine that the people were the highest source of political authority in the state and led to the active participation of the citizens in politics. The revolution brought about an enormous growth of ...