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Patriotism
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[German Version]

The term patriotism first appeared in the 16th century, as a borrowing from Neo-Latin (derived from patria) and French (patriotisme); in the classic discussions of political virtues, it stands for the close moral bond uniting the citizens with their homeland, to which they owe devotion, selflessness, loyalty, and love. The popularity of the term in the 18th century, especially in the moral weeklies, was closely connected with the invocation of public spirit, civic virtue, and national morality: beyond personal attachment to one’s homeland or…

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Patriotism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024397>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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