Monday, December 7, 2009

Nationalism and Patriotism, Extra Credit

Nationalism seems to be a more aggressive term, and is closely connected to warfare, imperialism, and even ignorance, as many connote nationalism with blind obsession with one's nation. Patriotism on the other hand, is a more defensive term. It is also connected to warfare, but instead of imperialism, it implies that the war is defending the country from invasion, or dangerous foreign powers. The two are closely connected, and are still around today. We can all remember the outpouring of patriotism after the 9/11 attacks, and many describe the War in Iraq as nationalistic. Neither has faded, and we will we continue to see them in the future, even as postnationalism is on the rise.

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