Bloody Nations (Ethics and Global Politics) by Cherry Bradshaw

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By Cherry Bradshaw

The dominance of nationalism as ideology and the resurgence of nationalist and ethnic clash because the finish of the chilly conflict, calls for extra research of the complicated interaction among country, kingdom, sovereignty and self selection. putting the phenomenon of nationalism squarely in the carrying on with modernist undertaking, opposite to many commentators who regard nationalism this present day in simple terms as an atavistic counter-modernist adventure, Bradshaw brings jointly political concept, heritage, cultural stories and diplomacy so one can examine either the allure and the risks of nationalism in modern international politics.

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The UN admitted some sixty members in the five years following its inception, and the number nearly doubled in the following decade. Like the first wave, self-determination was largely granted as a matter of expedience, but in other ways, the principle underwent a profound change. It was a non-European phenomenon; the concept of nation as understood by the metropolitan centres had been severed, and anxiety over the fate of minorities or the need to establish the people’s wishes was absent. Everything had been subsumed by the idea that selfdetermination meant freedom from white imperial rule.

Closed pre-modern polities were not immune to disturbance, but social cleavages and discontent formed along different fault lines. Gellner (1994), however, suggests that nationalism is the inevitable outcome of social turbulence where a rebellious or marginalized group is identified as different in kind: Bandit-rebels in Balkan mountains, knowing themselves to be culturally distinct from those they were fighting, and moreover linked, by faith or loss-of-faith, to a new uniquely powerful civilization thereby became ideological bandits: in other words, nationalists (Gellner 1997, 42).

Woodrow Wilson is generally credited with being the father of self-determination in its first twentieth century phase. He appears to have been motivated by strongly held ethical convictions, and is described by Heater as an overtly moral Christian. He championed the classic liberal freedoms and, influenced by his strict Calvinist up-bringing and understanding of American history, his philosophy was rooted in a fundamental belief in individual self-government. This was tempered with a streak of paternalism.

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