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Containing Nationalism$
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Michael Hechter

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247516

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019924751X.001.0001

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State‐Building Nationalism

State‐Building Nationalism

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(p.56) Chapter 4 State‐Building Nationalism
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Containing Nationalism
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DOI:10.1093/019924751X.003.0004

The rise of the modern state extended direct rule, in which central authorities assumed ever‐greater responsibility for governing all the territory within the state's boundaries. Although direct rule made all individuals increasingly dependent on the centre for the provision of public goods, at the same time it threatened the power of local authorities. To legitimize the new order, central rulers embarked on state‐building nationalism that aimed to transform multinational states into national ones.

Keywords:   assimilation, central authority, direct rule, education, France, legitimacy, local authority, public goods, welfare state

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