The nineteenth century transformed the way people saw themselves and others around them. Scientific and technical inventions were reshaping the way people erceived and imagined themselves to be, as well as the way in which they lived their lives. Nationalism, this new phenomenon in world history, was on the rise and with it the  sense of belonging to the “imagined community.” Industrialization and urbanization changed the way people related to their environment. Steamships, trains, and eventually cars and planes, dramatically changed the notions of distance and proximity. 

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