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Nationalism. Concept and Criteria. Overview. Essentially an Emotive force Difficult to define in rational terms Origins in Enlightenment Ideas of Social Contract Theory & Popular Representation Developed as Political Concept in French Revolution and Napoleonic era

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nationalism

Nationalism

Concept and Criteria

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Overview

  • Essentially an Emotive force
  • Difficult to define in rational terms
  • Origins in Enlightenment Ideas of Social Contract Theory & Popular Representation
  • Developed as Political Concept in French Revolution and Napoleonic era
  • Deeply linked to concept of State and of course Nation
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Defining the Nation:

Some key criteria though not all (or even any!) necessarily apply –

Common History

Geographical Space

Common Ethnicity

Shared Language

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Plus also (again to some degree)

Common Religious Beliefs

External, International Recognition

And perhaps above all:

Shared sense of Belonging

e.g. Benedict Anderson’s concept of :

An ‘Imagined Community’

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Modern Nationalism:

The Influence of French Revolution

‘Nation=State=People’

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