Giuseppe Mazzini: On Nationality

Giuseppe Mazzini wrote about what the essential characteristics of nationality are and what that means. He reasoned that nationality is more than just common ideas, beliefs and history. “The question there is now, above all, to establish better relations between labour and capital, between production and consumption, between workman and the employer” (Mazzini, 1). He believes that labor is assigned by god for the people to share. It is this labor that gives man the rights he has as a member of society. If nationality is to work, it must be regarded as holy or scared by the people. The people have to see nationality as a task that needs to be worked on continuously, this way the philosophies of a country can grow progressively. To achieve this, the people have to be at the root of nationality, driving it and making it their mission to show this growth and beauty to nations surrounding. The people must embrace their evolution and must maintain their novelty even as they coincide ¬†with the progress of mankind.

The idea that “the map of Europe has to be remade” and that the public law had to be changed was a big step toward getting a country together and making nationality a priority. The fact that nationality depends on its sacredness within and beyond its borders is still true today. What would a nation be if the people didn’t consider it sacrosanct?

3 thoughts on “Giuseppe Mazzini: On Nationality

  1. Mazzini though on a larger scale than most people did earlier in the century. He realized that once individual nations are unified, Europe as a whole can be organized which would benefit individual nations.

  2. Once a nation was unified, in addition to changes in the map and in public law, Mazzini wrote that nationalities must also be nurtured in order to maintain the unity of nations.

  3. Great analysis on Mazzini and the point which he was trying to convey. Nationality is somewhat arbitrary as it is a man made construct when forced. That is why agree that it is up to the nations citizenry to keep that sense of nationality and unification alive. Some nations even went as far as implementing new traditions and holidays which had no real cultural roots–a fine strategy when trying to unify a peoples.

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