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What does it take to make a nation? One needs a territory, a language and a common past, and, in the case of Luxembourg, a fourth element: the goodwill of neighbouring states. This study has taken up these four elements, but it also emphasises the constructed nature of territory, language and past. The aim of this chapter is to address both the cultural and political aspects of Luxembourgian nation-building. Cultural representations and values are used to define a national community, to bring it together. These common references and the on-going process of their construction are at the centre of this book. This book is the result of a research project on the complex relationship between history and memory; it focuses on the process of inventing the nation, that is to say on the nationalisation of representations of the past, space and language.

Keywords: cultural aspects; Luxembourg; nationalisation; political aspects



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