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Bringing the study of warfare into theories of nationalism

Hutchinson, John (2018) Bringing the study of warfare into theories of nationalism. Nations and Nationalism, 24 (1). pp. 6-21. ISSN 1354-5078

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Identification Number: 10.1111/nana.12364


This article argues that warfare has been marginalised in theories of nationalism, but that in conjunction with nationalism is vital for understanding the rise of nation-states, the formation of nations and the nature of the international system. It offers a critique of statist approaches, suggests mechanisms through which warfare may sacralise nations, and explores different patterns of nation-state formation as they affect the interstate system. In particular, it emphasises tensions between state- and nation-formation as activated by the fortunes of war and the destabilising effects of waves of imperial dissolution, which are accompanied by patterns of re-imperialization. It suggests that it is simplistic both to claim that war has led to a transition from empires to nation-states and that contemporary practices of war-making have led to a post-national era.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 14:55
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 00:08

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