How Countries get their National Identities

…The areas that humanity has designated as states aren’t based on any kind of universal logic, though they are often rooted in a cultural legacy of some kind. Most aren’t discrete geographical entities either, like a single island. Instead they are cultural constructs, and they exist because their populations – and in many cases, the international community – have agreed that they do…

…“And this is, you know, one of the things about national identity,” says Readman. “Actually fighting a war – it’s quite topical, I suppose – you define yourself in relation to what you’re not. You come to understand what you are in relation to what you’re not…”

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