Nation as an Imagined community

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Nation as an Imagined community : Benedict Anderson defined a nation as "an imagined political community [that is] imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign" . [1] An imagined community is different from an actual community because it is not (and cannot be) based on quotidian ( every day/ routine) face-to- face interaction between its members. Instead, members hold in their minds a mental image of their affinity. As Anderson puts it, a nation " is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion ". [1] These communities are imagined as both limited and sovereign. They are limited in that nations have "finite, if elastic boundaries, beyond which lie other nations". [1] They are sovereign insofar as no dynastic monarchy can claim authority over them, an idea arising in the early modern period: Background Of Nationalism: ...[T]he concept was born in an age in which
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Enlightenment and Revolution were destroying the legitimacy of the divinely-ordained,
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