Weird IR pp 161-174 | Cite as

What’s in a Name?



The theme of chapter eleven is national identity. The chapter focuses on mistaken identity, disputed identities, and strange national symbols. Beyond a few unfortunate mistakes with national anthems, the author describes the politics of a national name change, a bitter row between Greece and Macedonia over Alexander the Great, and countries that are sick of being confused with each other.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Human SciencesOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan

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