For candidates studying nationalism as their ‘non-core’ ideas option, AQA and Edexcel specifications require knowledge and understanding of the key thinkers and the differing views and tensions within nationalism concerning the state.
A ‘nation’ is a group of people who share a sense of common culture, whether based on language, religion, territory, ethnicity or history. The concepts of ‘nation’ and ‘state’ are often regarded as virtually synonymous, because most nationalist movements are seeking or defending statehood.
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