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Nations, States, and Violence

David D. Laitin


This book presents a revisionist view of the sources of nationalism, the relationship of the nation to culture, and the implications of nationalism and cultural heterogeneity for the future of the nation-state. It accepts the now-standard view that national identities are not inherited traits but constructed communities in order to serve political ends. But the resulting national identities do not emerge from some metaphorical plebiscite as had been suggested by some; rather they result from efforts by people to coordinate their identities with people who share at least some cultural traits wi ... More

Keywords: nationalism, culture, cultural heterogeneity, nation, homogeneity, heterogeneity, national diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228232
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David D. Laitin, author
The James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
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