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People and Nationhood
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

People and nationhood are functional political terms that serve to define a collective entity and to incorporate it into a specific context (see III below). Only since the 18th century has it been possible to speak of a German nation as the active subject of its own history. The rupture of the church at the Reformation and the subsequent…

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Junginger, Horst, Gertz, Jan Christian, Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, Grethlein, Christian and Ustorf, Werner, “People and Nationhood”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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