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Lesson 3: Nationalism and Revolutions of 1848 (Europe)

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Lesson 3: Nationalism and Revolutions of 1848 (Europe)
(Adapted from World History Workbook from The Center for Learning)


  1. Students will examine the reasons for the revolutionary upheaval in Europe in 1848.
  2. Students will make predictions about the impact of these revolutions on the future of Europe.
  3. Reinforce map skills.

Procedure: (This lesson will take approximately 2 class periods)

Step 1:

  1. Students should have read Chapter 8; sections 2 & 3, from their textbooks, Modern World History, McDougal & Littell. Have them bring their textbooks to class.
  2. Ask students “What is nationalism?” and write their responses up on the board.  Distribute reading, “The Roots of Nationalism” (Student Handout 4.3.1). And have students read aloud in class.  Give students several minutes to respond to the questions on a separate sheet of paper.
  3. After students have had time to respond, discuss as a class.

Step 2:

  1. Put Teacher Resource 4.3.1 up on the overhead and read aloud. Give students a few minutes to think about the quote and then ask them if they agree or disagree and why.
  2. Discuss responses to the questions.

Step 3:

  1. Explain to students that the Revolutions of 1848 were different than the previous revolutions that have been studied. The source of tension was this new idea of nationalism, causing revolts throughout Europe.
  2. Distribute the blank map of Europe 1848 from
  3. Have students label the bodies of water, cities and countries, empires and states on the overhead Teacher Resource 4.3.2. Then have them work together to star, highlight, or clearly identify areas of conflict/revolt.
  4. Distribute Student Handout 4.3.1 and have them work in small groups to complete the chart. They may use notes and/or textbooks.
  5. Discuss the charts as a class.

You may use the discussions in this lesson as a form of assessment, as well as collecting the maps, charts and written student responses to the discussion questions.

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