Nationalism is not the natural awakening of an existing nation, but the invention of one. People come to think of themselves as connected, but most of them will never meet, so any sense of national identity is imagined. The creation of this national identity was helped by the arrival of the printing press, as people who had no “real world” connection came to believe they had much in common as they shared books and pamphlets. Watch Macat’s short video for a great introduction to Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities, one of the most important politics books ever written.
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