Nationalism and Conflict
What is nationalism?
o Ideology of nations – nation is a group that wants to have its
o But things are not so simple
o What is a nation?
Group of people who believe they share a common fate,
history, culture, and language
o Nationalism says that the state and nation should be congruent
o But this only occurs under modern conditions
o Never before in human history did people insist that their
leaders be of the same culture and never did leaders try to
make the people share their culture
o This is a modern phenomenon
o It’s this need for congruence that needs to be explained
o Only about 300 year-old concept
o Why does it only happen under conditions of modernity?
Nationalism and modernization
o High culture and low cultures: European monarchs and
o Industrial society and need for universalization of high culture
o In this way, nations are constructed, they are projects of elites,
sometimes competing projects. They don’t exist as things in
themselves but are the products of aggregated individual