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date: 27 October 2021

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The chapter focuses on nationalism as an ideology. It reviews the largely unresolved debates over the background, genealogy, and development of nationalism, many of which oscillate between primordial, pre-modern, and modernist accounts. It scrutinizes debates over ethnicity, culture, race, self-determination, and democracy, in relation to nationalism; critically appraises the theoretical paradoxes implicit within nationalist argument; and finally turns to an overview of some of the main themes pervading nationalist discourse. These themes are viewed, in themselves, as largely vacuous. What makes them significant is the entry of other thicker ideologies (conservatism, liberalism, authoritarianism, and fascism), which carry the nationalist argument forward.

Keywords: authoritarianism, conservatism, culture, democracy, ethnicity, fascism, liberalism, nationalism, self-determination

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