For the last 200 years, the nation has been regarded as the most appropriate (and perhaps the only proper) unit of political rule. indeed, international law is largely based on the assumption that nations, like individuals, have inviolable rights; notably, the right to political independence and self-determination. Nowhere, however, is the importance of the nation more dramatically demonstrated than in the potency of nationalism as a political creed. in many ways, nationalism has dwarfed the more precise and systematic political ideologies examined in chapter 2. it has contributed to the outbreak of wars and revolutions. it has caused the birth of new states, the disintegration of empires, and the redrawing of borders; and it has been used to reshape existing regimes, as well as to bolster them.
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