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Diasporas And Homelands In History: The Case Of The Classic Diasporas

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This chapter focuses on some of the historical roots of diaspora nationalisms, and attempt to show how much they were indebted to pre-modern cultural resources, or were even perhaps prefigured by pre-modern ethnic homeland memories and attachments. The author treats the diaspora case as a distinct type of ethnic nationalism, one that can be analytically separated from other types. The history of Armenian nationalism was also riven by conflicts. A nation constructed around a dominant ethnic community-what the French call an ethnie-stands a better chance of persisting over the long term and of its members being able to regenerate it as a continuing national community. In sum, the nationalism of the classic diaspora is revealed as a modern movement with both forerunners in ancient history, and with long-standing and profound resources of spiritual unity and cultural vitality.

Keywords: classic diaspora; ethnic community; ethnic homeland



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