Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Dynamics Of National Identity In The Later Middle Ages

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Nations are politicised expressions of ethnicity. Nations can originate along two different tracks. They may arise as ethnic groups striving for their own autonomy or state, as with the Kurdish nation or people. In accordance with the primordialist view both ethnies and nations are often represented as kinship groups generating a family feeling as part of a vaguer sense of belonging. Primordialists see ethnicity as 'a resource employed by the members of ethnic groups for the pursuit of their common interests. From the constructivist angle, ethnicity and in this case the same goes for nationality is something to a large degree 'constructed' or 'engineered'. Out of necessity, medievalists often make the choice either to concentrate on the 'cultural stuff' that made up the core of ethnic or national identities or rather on those boundary situations that make differences between ethnic groups or nations more explicit.

Keywords: constructivist camp; ethnicity; medieval history; national identity; primordialist view



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Networks, Regions and Nations — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation