Today, we are used to both the nation-state and the idea of nationalism. However, it may be possible to have one without the other. Authors have written about nationalism for centuries, but the nation-state as we know it has existed a relatively short amount of time. So, did nationalism predate the nation?
There is strong evidence of behaviors akin to nationalism in societies that predate our modern idea of the "nation-state."
Nationalism is a form of tribalism
Tribalism: the behaviour and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one's own tribe or social group
Greek city-states had a national identity
Greek city-states rallied under a banner to defend their city against the Persian empire.
While group and tribal identities have existed for centuries, the particular phenomenon of "nationalism" is most accurately viewed as unique to the nation-state.
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