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Thaification: from ethnicity to nationality

Written by: Marcus Tao Mox Lim/ Edited by: Manfredi Pozzoli “We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves” Perhaps one of the many gut-wrenching sentences from George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984. Hidden behind the Orwellian personifications of enforced state dogmatism highlights the unending quest for states to mould monolithic identities, […]

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Brazil’s Amazon: A Burning Battleground

Written by: Tanya Paul & Paula Arrus Maggi/ Edited by: Ewa Bialoglowska The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s election in 2018 revived a fading Brazilian identity; one built on hypermasculine ideals and an intense focus on religion and the military. Shifting away from the progressive, liberal identity promoted by his predecessors, his presidency constructed an essentialist […]

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Failed Catalan Independence: Micronationalism, Discontinuities, and Poor Leadership

Written by: Valeria Sinisi Garcia/ Edited by: Ewa Bialoglowska In the last few decades, the movement for Catalan independence has gained significant popularity and support. However, in direct correlation to its support, opposition has also risen. This topic is characterised by an extreme polarisation: rarely can one find neutral stances, especially from the two parties […]

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Identity (Re)-Construction: Lessons from Warsaw’s Old Town

Written by: Nicolò Vertecchi & Rebecca Visser/Edited by: Manfredi Pozzoli When exploring Warsaw’s historic district while on a recent trip in Central Europe with friends, we were impressed to discover that the Old Town was not so old after all. After 90% of it was destroyed by the Nazis in the brutal retribution for the […]

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Life Under a Black Sun: The Relevance of Julius Evola in the Creation of Fascist Countercultures

Written by: Manfredi Pozzoli/Edited by: Ewa Bialoglowska The ideas of Julius Evola (1898-1974) have, in recent years, received an increasing level of media attention. After Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief campaign strategist, made a passing reference to the Traditionalist philosopher at a conference in 2014, the links between Evola and contemporary extreme right-wing movements […]

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How is Chinese nationalism a threat to Hong Kong?

Written by: Paula Rabiega & Adriana Ibale Barajas/Edited by: Manfredi Pozzoli Introduction The intricacy of Hong Kong’s autonomy is a prevalent matter of discussion. China’s behaviour towards Hong Kong has been one of enforcing the homogeneity of the state’s identity on the region and hence, a product of nationalism. This article will cover how in […]

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Una Gran Familia Rojiblanca: Football, Athletic Club and Basque Nationalism

Written by: Jake Dickson/Edited by: Ewa Bialoglowska Jake is a third year War Studies and History student, from London. His academic interests are American social and cultural history, the development of European nationalisms in the long 19th century, and the interrelationship between culture, politics and sport. The Basques are one of Europe’s most distinct stateless […]

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Whose Voice? Medea, Authority of Speech and Discourses of Exclusion

Written anonymously/Edited by: Manfredi Pozzoli In her essay On Violence (1970) Hannah Arendt argues that violence and power are opposed to each other. Why Hannah Arendt should appear in a discussion about nationalism and Medea may not seem to be self-evident. Nationalism is only narrowly mentioned in Arendt’s treatise, which rather focuses on revolution. Nevertheless, […]

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Identity Within Maori Nationalism

Written by: Lila Ovington/Edited by: Ewa Bialoglowska Lila is a third year BA International Relations student interested in theories of settler colonialism, cultural genocide and First Nations identities. The indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand have fought for self-determination ever since the first substantial wave of European settlers arrived in the early 19th century. Compared […]