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For Love of CountryAn Essay On Patriotism and Nationalism$
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Maurizio Viroli

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198293585.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
For Love of Country

Maurizio Viroli (Contributor Webpage)

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While nationalism is an attachment to the ethnic, cultural, and spiritual homogeneity of a nation, patriotism refers to the love of the republic and the political institutions that sustain it. The language of patriotism avoids the dangers of intolerance inherent in a nationalistic conception of civic virtue by appealing to the non‐exclusive love of common liberty that is nevertheless rooted in the concrete culture and history of a particular people. The project of the book will be to explore the possibilities of political patriotism as an alternative to the rhetoric of nationalism through a historical interpretation of the evolution of patriotism.

Keywords:   civic virtue, institutions, intolerance, liberty, nation, nationalism, patriotism, republic

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