How Nations are Formed: A Look at Turkey


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How Nations are Formed: A Look at Turkey
The famous lecturer Ernest Renan said over a century ago that nations weren’t just a convenience based on geographic boundaries, race or religion but instead he explained a theory of national consciousness that came from a foundation of collective memories (3). At the time his lecture challenged the thoughts of theorists at the time who tied in the idea of nationalism as a fulfillment of a group of people’s desire to be different (Renan 3). He believed that cultures were not a given, a process that evolves naturally but instead was something that was forged through collective action and a shared history of significance (Renan 5).
Today’s theories are not as loosely defined – Renan deliberately left...
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