Relevance or Irrelevance of Nationalism? A Perspective from the Eastern Mediterranean



In retracing in broad outline the historical trajectories of nationalism in three successive East Mediterranean contexts, each including the previous one, this essay seeks to marshal evidence in support of arguments on the continuing relevance of nationalism as a force shaping and therefore as a factor in understanding the contemporary world. It is also suggested, on the basis of the evidence discussed, that as a moral doctrine, nationalism remains dubious and can be a destructive ideology.


Nationalism Honor and shame Language Cyprus Greece Balkans Orthodoxy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Institute for Neohellenic ResearchNational Hellenic Research FoundationAthensGreece
  3. 3.AthensGreece

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