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Thursday 06 September 2007 INTL 4680 Three Scholarly Definitions Benedict Anderson – a nation is an imagined political community as limited and sovereign Anthony D. Smith – “a named human population sharing a historic territory; common myths and historical memories; a mass, public culture; a common economy, and common legal rights and duties for all members” Michael Hechter – nations are “territorially concentrated ethnic groups,” a “relatively large group of genetically unrelated people with high solidarity” Points to Note About Nations Nations are modern o Main factors prompting the rise of nations in the 1700s and 1800s Print Capitalism – one language became dominant Newly centralized states Industrial revolution and improvements in transportation Mass public education Nations are fluid, adaptable, and changeable Nations are internally diverse Globalization and technology is prompting the ungluing of some nations from territory Myths About Nations “The world is naturally ordered into nations and national states.” o Diversity of states and community through history o Within each “national state” there are often sub-nations
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course INTL 4680 taught by Professor Bloom during the Fall '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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