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"We are all equals!" Militarism, homogenization and 'egalitarianism' in nationalist statebuilding (1789-1945)

Conversi, Daniele (2008) "We are all equals!" Militarism, homogenization and 'egalitarianism' in nationalist statebuilding (1789-1945). Ethnic and Racial Studies, 31 (7). pp. 1286-1314. ISSN 0141-9870

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Abstract

Cultural homogenization has accompanied many of the most destructive processes of mass displacement during the Twentieth century. Its goal has been to make polity and citizens ethnically and culturally ‘congruent’. This article questions the explanatory power of traditional accounts linking cultural homogenization with industrialization during statebuilding processes and the emergence of nationalism. It suggests that further attention must be paid to the role of the military as an essential institution in both of these processes. Finally, the ‘egalitarian’ rhetoric and legitimizing rationale underpinning both militarization and cultural homogenization is assessed as a most powerful nationalist tool for imposing new hierarchical structures.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t71...
Additional Information: © 2008 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
Sets: Departments > Government
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2009 17:11
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22166/

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