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Patriotism I believe that patriotism is a belief or feeling of pride in ones own country That is what I believed the definition of patriotism to be before I researched anything on the topic People can argue all day long about the subject of patriotism since it can sometimes be such a vague subject and they probably do not quite know what the definition of patriotism to be When I first started to research patriotism I figured no better place to look up a definition then in the Webster Dictionary I did not get much help from the dictionary since it did not have a definition for patriotism but it was listed under patriot The definition of a patriot is a person who loves his or her country So I got the understanding of what a patriot is so is the love that they feel for thier country is that considered patriotism I then headed to the library in search of books about patriotism My search turned up a book by Leonard W Doob called Patriotism and Nationalism According to Doob the definition of patriotism is as follows The more or less conscious conviction of a person that his own welfare and that of the significant groups to which he belongs are dependent upon the preservation or expansion or both of the power and culture of his society To more or less sum up what Doob said is that a feeling of patriotism is that you would give everything up for your country This made me think of Japanese kamikaze pilots who made suicide runs against American carriers in World War II I thought that those pilots gave up everything for thier country and how it was a good example of patriotism But I still needed to know more So know I had three definitions of patriotism but I still wanted to read more into it I grabbed another book by John J Pullen
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