Patriotism and National Security

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The existence and development of organized societies brought up also the question of security. From the very beginning, societies had to organize themselves in the way of resisting the challenges that endangered them. Security-related question became one of utmost importance as the competition over resources and welfare of traditional societies was linked to violence and conquest. Establishing defense capabilities rested to a large extent on the loyalty to one’s homeland. Only tightly coordinated efforts of all members were to be successful on the battlefield and citizenship along with political rights was inseparably combined with military duty. Defending a way of life and one’s political community therefore led to a reciprocal linkage between patriotism and defense. With new thoroughly changed security challenges alongside modifications in the understanding of patriotism as being outdated, one may raise the question of future security and above all by whom and how it will be provided in the future.


Patriotism National security Homeland Security culture State Nationalism Identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of the Social SciencesUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Department for Defense StudiesFaculty of Social SciencesLjubljanaSlovenia

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