THEMATIC ESSAY QUESTION
Directions: Write a well-
organized essay that includes an introduction, several
paragraphs addressing the task below, and a conclusion.
You may use any example from your study of global history. Do not
United States in your answer. Some nationalist leaders that you may wish to consider
include: Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Simon Bolivar, Jose de San Martin, Toussaint
LOuverture, Fidel Castro, Camilo Cavour, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Giuseppe Mazzini, Otto
von Bismarck, Sun Yixian, Jiang Jieshi, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, Mohandas Gandhi,
Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta, Nelson Mandela, Kemal Ataturk, Gamal Abdel
Nasser, Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Ayatollah Khomeini, or Yasir Arafat.
You are not limited to these suggestions.
Adapted from materials provided by the New York State Department of Education
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Nationalism has been shaping world events for the last 500 years. The
desire for self-rule can cause tremendous change both positively and
negatively. Individuals have also played huge roles in leading
nationalistic movements that effect people and nations.
Choose two nationalist leaders from your study of global history, and
for each one:
Identify the nation or region where that individual led a nationalist
Describe the historical background leading up to that nationalist
Discuss how the actions of the specific nationalist leader have
influenced the region or nation in which the movement took place
: The rubric (scoring criteria) for this essay appears on the next page.