This interview was conducted by Javier Toro.
Andreas Wimmer is Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy at Columbia University. His most recent book is Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart.
Compared to empires, dynastic kingdoms or tribal confederations, the nation state is based on a very particular concept of legitimacy. The idea is that the government has to represent and respond to a people defined in national terms, i.e. a people imagined as culturally homogenous, of common historical descent and [...]
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