October 8, 2008

Nation building and the idea of Iraq

Recently, the term nation building that came to describe the creation of nation states in the 19th and early 20th century, has begun to take on a new meaning. A dozen of years ago at the University of London, I was taught that nation building was the unification of Germany under Bismarck or the unification of Italy led by Garibaldi and di Cavour. This also occurred in Czech areas and in other new countries that arose from the fall of the Habsburg Empire.

Recently, the term nation building that came to describe the creation of nation states in the 19th and early 20th century, has begun to take on a new meaning. A dozen of years ago at the University of London, I was taught that nation building was the unification of Germany under Bismarck or the unification of Italy led by Garibaldi and di Cavour. This also occurred in Czech areas and in other new countries that arose from the fall of the Habsburg Empire.


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