Jingoism is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as "extreme patriotism in the form of aggressive foreign policy". Actually, this word means that great powers use their military strength to demonstrate it by affecting other peoples by aggressiveness in their foreign policy. Great Britain was an enormous empire at the beginning of the XXth century and the fact that it was the top superpower of the world gave it confidence similar to that of the one that the United States show today a" and it was overhead covered. Originated in national interests against Russian ambitions, British jingoism spread to every aspect of British attitude towards foreigners. Subsequently, jingoism is a widespread characteristic of world superpowers, owing its origin to the negative effects of power to the society.In fact, it was only natural for jingoism to occur.
As the core of the Empire (the British isles) was a territory far more advanced than the rest of the world, individuals from the less advanced countries would be regarded as a part of a 'worse' community. The emergence of jingoism is caused exactly by this a" Britain being far more advanced than the others. It is exactly the same conclusion if the question is observed in smaller societies a" if people consider themselves to be something more than the others, they get inflated with pride. When this over-self-esteem goes with power, the person who has it, of course, uses it. In the case of Britain, it is actually a group of people who have the power, and these people have no choice but to use it as they should in order to preserve the borders of the empire.The origins of the term 'jingoism' are from a song by MacDermott and G.
W. Hunt (*). There the main topic is that Britons will defeat the Russians, but it remains unclear why. The reasons listed state that the Britons 'got the ships, we've got the men, and got the money too!' and, in general, that the Russians are 'cruel' and that their ambitions should not be realised.
The song's chorus begins: 'We don't want to fight...', but if the people in subject do not want to fight, then why is the song so full of words aimed at rising battle spirit? Obviously, the British believe that they are the one and only superpower in the world and do not want any rivalry. The description of characteristics of Britain go even further in the song: 'He's pleased when blood is shed'.
This refers to 'The Lion', i.e. Britain. It shows it as a bloodthirsty beast, a metaphor that best describes it, in fact. The song also describes Russia as a 'Bear..
. All bent on blood and robbery has crawled out of its lair...', also 'That brute, and so he's out upon the asame old gamea.
..'. These lyrics express the commonly accepted view in Britain of the Great Game: they are strong and must defeat the bloody bear Russia, for no other reason but because it is cruel. In fact, there is another reason a" just to 'defend their interests', as they might say, but actually the reason is that they do not want to have any rival superpower in the world.It seems to be a common 'feature' of all great powers to show jingoism.
We are lucky, or perhaps unlucky, to observe another example of jingoism a" the aggressive foreign policy of the United States of America towards some Arabs. It was so in American past as well a" for example, Theodor Roosevelt said "There is much talk about 'jingoism'. If by 'jingoism' they mean a policy in pursuance of which Americans will with resolution and common sense insist upon our rights being respected by foreign powers, then we are 'jingoes'a in an October 8, 1895 New York Times interview. Although the term 'jingoism' emerged in a later period, Russia also showed signs of it towards Prussia and especially Turkey. Having power means, to them, to revenge strongly on any offence made to their country, however minor it might be.
Also, jingoism is often used as a reason for military or political prevention of any potential danger to a great power's interests.