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“…The Czechs and the Jews, enemies of our nation”

How did it happen that the Jews and the Czechs were labelled as the “enemies of the Slovak nation” by its highest authority and member of the Church at the same time?

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The Taiwan issue and mismatching identities: an ontological security perspective

The Taiwan issue is concerned with the political status of Taiwan: whether it should reunify with Mainland China, declare independence as Republic of Taiwan, or maintain the status quo of being de facto independent but de jure remaining within the ‘One China’ framework.

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The Swiss: an ethnically homogenous people?

Since the 2000s, the Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP – Swiss People’s Party) has become strongly involved in debates on immigrants, citizenship, and the integration of foreigners.

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The Future of a Post-Brexit English National Identity

Something has been absent from Brexit commentary and discourse. We’ve heard plenty about the single-market debate, the rights of EU citizens in Britain, the perplexing Irish border issue and the looming spectre of Nicola Sturgeon’s Indyref2. But little has been said about the plainly apparent rise of a distinctively English national identity and its role in this saga – and yes, I do mean English.

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Holocaust: the product of modernity

The Holocaust is a tragic, unprecedented and historically unique event. However, the problem with treating the Holocaust as ‘unique’ is that it risks putting it in a realm beyond the possibility of human comprehension, out of reach of customary historical and sociological understandings.

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The Footprints of ‘New Turkish Nationalism’ within ‘Old Turkey’

Neo-Ottomanism and New-Turkey are two popular terms to define the current politics of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the 12th  and incumbent President of the Republic of Turkey. Since he became Prime Minister in 2003, Erdoğan has increased his clout over government and state. Today, after this year’s contested referendum, he is undoubtedly the strongest man in Turkey and his ideas shape a new ‘national identity’ for the country.

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Chechnya’s Gay Rights: How Violent Homophobia Fuels Nationalism

The horrific purges of gay men in Chechnya made headlines earlier this year and shocked human rights activist across the world. Over 100 male Chechens were abducted and tortured and at least three have reportedly been killed by the authorities due to their perceived sexual orientation.

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Hong Kong at a Crossroads: Rising Localism

At the 20th anniversary of its return to China, Hong Kong’s future seems rather uncertain. The ‘one country, two systems’ formula designed by Deng Xiaoping, and reassured by Jiang Zemin in 1997 was to be ‘unswervingly’ implemented.

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A Specific Interpretation of History: The Case of the Italian Referendums

On the 22nd of October 90% of Venetian and Lombard voters voted in favour of more autonomy. The question is, why?