How Have Culture and Religion shaped Italy as a Nation?

Bridget M. Robinson, History, William Amos Hough High School

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The seminar “What Makes a Nation?” has really helped me develop and explore all of the characteristics of what makes a nation. While I thought there would be a clear cut explanation of what makes Italy a nation, I have come to realize that the characteristics of a nation (culture, history, religion, language, and territory) are all present during each period of Italian history. From the Roman Empire until the modern day, one or two of these factors have a stronger role in what makes Italy a nation at any given time.