民族主义的概念开始的时候，法国革命和美国独立战争的发生[ 1 ]，有各种不同的元素，可以与民族主义意识形态有关，但它仍然是有争议的。民族主义开始主要在德语国家，德国哲学家康德后转化的启蒙政治思想，最终带来了文化民族主义思想在德国。欧洲东部开始以一种相当不同的方式，包括自由主义和民族主义的民族主义的意识形态，但最初的想法来源于西欧，主要是德国。在第十九世纪末的普法战争也创造了对民族主义的思想影响巨大。前十天，巴黎下降，德国国家相结合，统一为一个民族国家。虽然拿破仑统治他创造的其他国家如西班牙和奥地利的民族主义的现象时，拿破仑的统治和侵略的刺激这些国家人民的民族主义思想，这导致从这些国家的各种叛乱。在第十九世纪末，作曲家如德沃夏克和柴可夫斯基所隐含的民族主义的元素在他们的作品中，尤其是德沃夏克，他的交响曲第8和第9交响曲“新世界”被视为典型的第十九世纪后期的民族主义的作品，但这些作品有什么元素，表现出民族主义的想法吗？我们首先要尝试定义长期的民族主义。试图回答什么是民族主义是很难的，它的定义不是由民族或领土的边界来定义的，它是由语言、民族或宗教等文化身份的关系来定义的。民族主义的思想不应与国籍来看，格罗夫音乐在线提出的“民族是一个条件，民族主义是一种态度。”[ 2 ]的音乐可能是受影响最大的国家主义思想在第十九世纪末的形式；它被视为德国音乐的霸权的反应。
In the nineteenth century, nationalism had been one of the major ideologies in the western countries; this particular ideology had a very important impact not just to the political situation, but also to culture, arts, crafts and also music. We have to be clear that the nationalist movement is rather different from the revolutionary movements, the nationalist movements will not initiate with protest rallies but with the emergence of literary societies, historical research, music festivals and cultural journals. These social groups and activities provided not just as an effective way to spread the idea of nationalism but also serve as an effective academic improvement. The idea of nationalism had influenced various important composers in the late nineteenth-century, we will discuss how these composers express the ideology through the medium of the symphony.
The concept of nationalism begin around the time where the French revolution and the American War of Independence took place  , there are various elements that could associated with nationalism ideology, but it is still arguable. Nationalism begins mainly in the German-speaking countries, post-Kantian German philosophers whom transmuted the enlightenment political thought that eventually bring up the cultural nationalism ideology in Germany. The eastern part of Europe begins the ideology of nationalism in a rather different way, which includes liberal and ethnic nationalism, but the original source of idea begins from the Western Europe, mainly Germany. The Franco-Prussian War in the late nineteenth century also created a huge impact on the idea of nationalism. Ten days before the fell of Paris, the German states combined and united as a nation state. While during Napoleon's reign he created the phenomena of nationalism of other countries such as Spain and Austria, the ruling and invasion of Napoleon stimulated the idea of nationalism in these countries' people, which resulted as various rebellions from these countries. In the late nineteenth century, composers such as Dvorak and Tchaikovsky had implied the elements of nationalism in their works, particularly Dvorak, his symphony No.8 and Symphony No.9 'From the New world' had been viewed as the typical late nineteenth century nationalism work, but what element that these works has that showed the idea of nationalism? We first have to try to define the term nationalism. It is very difficult to try to answer what is nationalism, the definition is not defined by nationality or the boundaries of territory, it is defined by the relationship of cultural identity such as language, ethnic, or religions. The idea of nationalism shall not be viewed in parallel with nationality, as Grove Music Online put it "nationality is a condition, nationalism is an attitude."  Music is probably the form that is affected most by the idea of nationalism during the late nineteenth century; it is viewed as a reaction to the supremacy of the German music.