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Of Nations and Nationalism

Patrick Mitchel

in Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256150
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256152.003.0002
Of Nations and Nationalism

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A broad interpretative approach to nationalism is outlined and defended as ‘the ideological process by which nations are constructed’. From this perspective, it is argued that, contrary to much opinion, Ulster unionism represents a form of nationalism and thus Irish nationalism and Ulster unionism are two antithetical faces of nationalism at work. Analysis of the ideological content (expressed in its national identity) of a nationalist movement will reveal the character of the nationalism in question.

Keywords: Arthur Aughey; Steve Bruce; ethnic group; ethnicity; Irish nationalism; David Miller; nationalism; nation-state; Anthony Smith; Ulster unionism

Chapter.  12354 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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