Origins of ‘nations’

Contested beginnings, contested futures

Authored by: Jennifer Jackson-Preece

Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415476256
eBook ISBN: 9780203845493
Adobe ISBN: 9781136927577


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Any discussion of ‘nations’ and nationalism is immediately confronted by the continued controversy that surrounds the main terms of the debate. The ‘nation’ is a fundamentally contested concept. Although academics, policy-makers, and nationalist leaders make recourse to the language of nationalism on a daily basis, the precise meaning of the term defies an easy explanation.

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