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I. The Concept

Nationalism may be described as an integrative ideology that claims that loyalty to the inclusive body of the nation has absolute priority over all other commitments. Such competing loyalties include loyalty to a particular estate or social class, a dynasty, a local state, a region, a tribe, a denomination, or a religion. While the concept of a nation played a role in political debates in med…

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Koschorke, Klaus, Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm and Pierard, Richard V., “Nationalism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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