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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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The Birth of the Language of Nationalism

The Birth of the Language of Nationalism

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(p.95) 4 The Birth of the Language of Nationalism
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For Love of Country
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Maurizio Viroli (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198293585.003.0005

Focuses on the emergence of German nationalist theories that prioritized the spiritual and cultural unity of a nation over the political liberty of the ancients. Herder stressed the cultural unity of the Fatherland that transcends political divisions. He prizes the natural and emotional inclinations for the purity of a nation in contrast to rational, political associations. Schlegel, Fichte, and Hegel emphasize the common history of the German people as the source of spiritual unity. For these thinkers, spiritual unity and freedom, though possessing the tendency for exclusiveness, are prior to political relationships of equality.

Keywords:   fatherland, Fichte, Germany, Hegel, Herder, nationalism, nature, politics, Schlegel, unity

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