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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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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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Fiji and climate change: re-visiting theories of the state

We studied Fiji because we were interested in the impact of climate change on peoples’ links with their state and territory. However, the more we learnt, the more Fiji helped us re-examine some of the concepts that are often naturalised or presented as organic and inevitable by nationalists, and enabled us to rethink our ideas about political communities. What follows is an attempt to engage critically with these ideas. 

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Madrid Loved, Madrid Hated? The Nation Spaniards Want To Create

Saturday 30th of September 2017. Demonstrators gather in Madrid in protest of the Catalonian referendum. In front of the city hall, some perform the fascist salute while singing the Falangist hymn Cara al Sol (Facing the Sun), an official anthem of the Francoist regime. You’re probably thinking: something must be going wrong if an increasing number of citizens resort to symbols of the dictatorship to defend the unity of their country.

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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.