A nation state is full of paradoxes (Part 2)


Veronica Lim Yi Hui

Nationalism could give rise to suppression of internal differences and diversity under the banner of national unity. – EPA pic, September 26, 2022.

THE term “nation” may sound ancient, but its association with the concept of “state” is a modern phenomenon. 

Nationalism began to emerge around the Renaissance period, but only took shape in the 18th century. The concept of nation in Europe developed on the territory of patrimonial state. 


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