Since its publication this important study has become established as a central work on the vast and contested subject of modern nationalism placing historical evidence within a general theoretical framework john breuilly argues that nationalism should be understood as a form of politics that arises in opposition to the modern state. Nationalism is a belief creed or political ideology that involves an individual identifying with or becoming attached to ones nation nationalism involves national identity by contrast with the related construct of patriotism which involves the social conditioning and personal behaviors that support a states decisions and actions. State nationalism is a variant of civic nationalism often but not always combined with ethnic nationalismit implies that the nation is a community of those who contribute to the maintenance and strength of the state and that the individual exists to contribute to this goal. Identification of state and people nationalism translated into world politics implies the identification of the state or nation with the people or at least the desirability of determining the extent of the state according to ethnographic principles in the age of nationalism but only in the age of nationalism the principle was generally recognized that each nationality should form a
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