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By Craig Calhoun

Nationalism is likely one of the such a lot urgent of world difficulties. Drawing on examples from worldwide, Craig Calhoun considers nationalism's various manifestations, its historical past, and its dating to imperialism and colonialism. He additionally demanding situations makes an attempt to "debunk" nationalism that fail to understand why it nonetheless has such energy and centrality in smooth lifestyles.

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In contemporary Serbia. Croatia, and Bosnia, for example, kinship and family are certainly valued. They may even play a larger role in organizing __ 38 r Nationalism social life than. say. in England. the United States. or Australia. But they are not the template of the whole social order. Orthodox Christians. Catholics. and Muslims are not taught to pray to their ancestors. but to God and perhaps to various saints who are not necessarily kinspeople. The office of president is not inheritable in any of the three countries.

_ .. d ne. ts . This does not mean, however, that everything about nationalism is new. Specific nationalist identities and projects have continued to draw on ethnic identities of long standing, on local kinship and community networks. and un claimed connections to ancestral territories. This has been a crucial source of cultural con­ tent. emotional commitment, and organizational strength for such identities and projects. i1y as a way of constructing identities. and both from kiJl'§bip. The distinction does not turn simply on content.

In the 191Os, World War I coincided with the break-up of the Austro­ Hungarian Empire, and helped to launch both the Russian Revol­ ution and the League of Nations. US president Wilson led the League's call for 'national but this reflected as ' / -self-determination' · much as influence d /the �a tlonaiist �o�en;-�-;:; ts of the day. Just as the 'Young Europe' movement of the 1 840s had been echoed immediately by 'Young Turks', the War and the fall of the Ottoman Empire brought the successful Turkish nationalist movement which gained control of the state in 1923 under Kemal Atatttirk.

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