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The Truly ‘Imagined’ Community: The Role of Elves in Icelandic Identity

Written by: Beatrice Catena & Victor Uwe S. Wascher On a trip to Iceland in January, we met an Icelander who told us all about the existence of elves. Yes, elves. You may think that only a madman could speak of elves so passionately, but his rhetoric had substance. One of the first things he […]

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Mazzini’s Cosmopolitanism of Nations

Written by: Andrea Telò Andrea Telò is a Third Year History and International Relations student at King’s College London. His main academic interests include the History of Political ideas from Machiavelli to Mazzini, the theories of European integration and the role of the EU on the international scene and, among others the Political and Military […]

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Hitler’s Ethnic Nationalism: Where Does the Notion of ‘The Other’ Come From?

Written by: Sanjna Menon As arguably the most infamous right wing nationalist leader of the twentieth century, Adolf Hitler is widely criticized. Particularly interesting is his rejection of civic nationalism in favour of ethnic nationalism. So what was Hitler’s notion of the nation? Put simply: it’s racist.  Rather than the idea of a nation being […]

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The NHS and Nationalism

Written by: Asher Conway The NHS exists today Britain’s sole unifying institution. In the absence of any one national identity, ethnicity or shared set of ideals, the NHS has emerged as a central pillar of modern British identity. Whilst divisions in public opinion have emerged in recent years over ancient institutions such as parliament, the […]

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Green and Blue: Understanding Identity Politics and Taiwanese Nationalism

Written by: Conor Hilliard & Mirjam Seiler Conor Hilliard is a third year History and International Relations student, whose main academic interests include British diplomatic history, Irish nationalism and peacekeeping studies. Mirjam Seiler is a third year History and International Relations student. Her main interests include the concepts of non-state nationalism and the effects of […]

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“Italy feels like home”: reflecting on the integration journey of a young immigrant

By Beatrice Catena and Niya Namfua  Since the late 1970s, and increasingly from 1989, Italy has been at the receiving end of large-scale immigration from North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the ex-’Eastern Bloc’. The incoming flow of non- EU immigrants has been at the centre of Italian politics ever since the 1970s, constituting one of […]

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Approval even at the price of neo-fascism

The neo-Fascist Kotleba – Ľudová Strana Naše Slovensko (Kotleba – People’s Party Our Slovakia or K-ĽSNS) recently put forward a bill severely restricting legal abortions in Slovakia. Although unsuccessful, the move has received a shy support from Slovak Catholic intellectuals and the Church.

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Turkish Soap Opera Prepares the Masses for Cross-Border Military Operation

On the eve of Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, Syria, a new state-sponsored TV show made its debut. Mehmetçik: Kut’ül Amare is about the WWI Battle of Kut in modern-day Iraq, in which the Ottoman armies were victorious against the British Empire. Among other state-sponsored TV shows, such as The Last Sultan and Revival: Ertugrul, this latest series also serves as an ostensible instrument for the government agenda.

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Architecture and the Reconstruction of National Identity: A glance at Norway

Where are you from? In a globalized world where people continuously renew their ties with their environment, this simple, yet complex question has for many become more and more difficult to answer.