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Nationalism with Modernity Nationalism has been a very affective force and has played an enormous role in the world history for a few hundred years. It keeps doing so. This term appears to express something important in human affairs. Nationalism has always been of interest to historians, social theorists and also philosophers. Because world maps have had to be redrawn in effort to make state borders agrees with what are understood to be the boundaries of nation. Simply, without thinking about it, people choose one extend of territory and one collection of historical narratives as theirs, and they admit a group of people as fellow members of their nation. People have risked their lives for the well being of their nations. Moreover, health reform programs, environmental repair and social prosperity have gained political support because they request to a sense of national identity. On the other hand, the exact meanings of ‘nation’ and ‘nationalism’ are mysterious. I argue that the reason of this mystery is that we are living in the era of nationalism. The becoming of a nation as a source of political, cultural and economic authority has been debated. The major debate in the theory of nationalism has occurred between primordialists and modernists. Briefly, one approach describes nationalism as the sense of ethnicity, the identification with a “nation” and the political expression of this enthusiastic identification, something old and present throughout history. On the contrary, the latter determines nationalism as something modern and a result of the unique characteristic of our recent world. The definition: “It is a group of people who live within the same borders of a country; Turkish nation, German nation, etc. These people are held together by other factors like religion, language, etc. According to me, it is only borders which is common to a whole nation” is classified in the ‘constructivist’ approach. This definition can not be
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primordialist because the primordialist approaches describe the nation as based upon a natural, organic community, which defines the identity of its members, who believe in the antiquity and naturalness of their nations. The argument is that humanity has evolved into distinct, organic communities that have their own language and culture and every individual’s identity comes from with in such community. But in the above definition the only thing that brings together people is boundaries. There, touched other factors like religion and language, but the reflection of this statement on me is that, they are the second components of a nation that comes after the geographical
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