Which nation-state is oldest Germany, Italy or the United States? Most people would assume Italy or Germany but the fact is that the United States is the oldest nation-state of the three. Both Italy and Germany have older civilizations than the U.S.A. but when the United States was formed as a nation both Italy and Germany were divided into multiple states and kingdoms. Italy had not experienced any real unity since the fall of the Roman Empire.
As the waves of nationalism swept through Europe Italy was impacted by an intense desire to rid the Italian peninsula of foreign influence and establish a united Italian nation. Next we will examine the efforts of Italian politicians and military leaders to establish Italy as a nation-state. Powerpoint and assignments are found in the links below.
The Unification of Italy Guided Notes
Definitions, Questions and Map worksheet