Honors Program


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Summer 2019


Vrtiska, S. (2019). Nationalism and education: A case study of Germany and Japan. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Sarah Vrtiska, 2019.


In this piece I ask the question: How has education contributed to the formation or prevention of nationalism in Germany and Japan? In examining this, after defining the standard conceptions of nationalism, I apply these definitions to pre-war and post-war Germany and Japan. Ultimately, I conclude that the goals of education, concepts of national identity that are taught, history curricula, and control of education all historically have the potential to contribute to the rise of nationalism within a country. Based on these fields, I find that although there are similar nationalist trends in both countries during the pre-war period, in the post-war period, Germany has altered these structures to diverge more significantly from its past than Japan.