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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
June Larkin

Jan 7 Lecture NATIONALISM AND CONFLICT- Kopstein What is Nationalism?  nation a group that wants to have its own states  nation: group of people who believe they share a common fate, history, culture and language  nationalism says that the state and nation should be congruent  almost every state has a cultural or national minority within it- expected that they’re to have rights, but what kind of rights? Basic liberal rights (freedom of speech, etc). Do they have collective rights?  Big disagreement on collective rights: less (Do they have rights as Arabs? Palestinians? Etc)  Nationalism is the ideology of nations: completely wrong  Only occurs under modern conditions: a modern phenomenon, its this need for congruence that needs to be explained (never in human history did people insist that leaders should be of the same culture)  Nations don’t exist in themselves, they are inventions, we perceive them as being natural Nationalism and Modernization  Nationalism comes out of the process of modernization  Europe consisted of high cultures and low cultures: monarchs and populations  Industrial society and need for universalization of high culture, need for a common culture, people need to be abl
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