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  •  Absolutely: Ours may be the ONLY natlism (4+ / 0-)

    One of the interesting things about nationalism is that it emerges in the 19th century at the peak of the "local genius" ("spirit of the place") movement. It coincided with, in fact, nations coming into being. That sounds strange, but it's true.

    Nationalism was entangled with "nation." Prior to the 19th century (20th, really), the "United Kingdom" was a royal family's possession, which also claimed part of France, and Spain was the possession of a family that claimed to own part of Italy, etc. The idea that Italy was a place that had a single experience was new.

    We are one of the first nations founded to be a nation, a nation defined by ideology rather than the ownership of a family or conquest. In a sense, America is the first country to be able to claim to believe in its national spirit as a definable set of documents.

    This is a rich vein to mine.

    "for all the murders, rapes, and thefts,/ Committed in the horrid lust of war,/ He that unjustly caus'd it first proceed,/ Shall find it in his grave and in his seed." -- Webster, "The White Devil," IV i 8-12.

    by The Geogre on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 01:00:00 PM PDT

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