Authors: Alf H. Walle
Addresses: Cultural Consultants, 141 Chestnut Lockport, New York, 14094, USA
Abstract: Romantic nationalism involves peoples striving to live according to their heritage and traditions in lands under their control. This movement, originally emerging in the early 19th century West, exerted a significant impact during the final decades of the Ottoman Empire. After World War 1 President Woodrow Wilson of the US advocated policies that were friendly to selfdeterminism in the Middle East. Ignoring these recommendations, Britain and France divided up the former Ottoman Empire with little regard to the will of the people who lived there. Since then, the reactions of effected ethnic groups, including the founding of Israel and its impacts upon indigenous Palestinians, have often been similar to Romantic Nationalism. Viewing these tensions with reference to Romantic Nationalism provides a useful tool of analysis, reflection, and policy formation.
Keywords: romantic nationalism; Megali idea; Turkish War of independence; Arab nationalism; The Kurds; irredentism; Israel.
Middle East Journal of Management, 2019 Vol.6 No.3, pp.233 - 244
Received: 02 Jan 2018
Accepted: 08 Jan 2018
Published online: 16 Feb 2019 *