VOL. 2, NO. 5, PGS. 1–4


The Nation and its Construction
A conversation with Andreas Wimmer

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.

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What is the nation state and what are its ideals?

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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