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“The Older, The Worthier”: National Heroes as Conduits of Ethnonational Identity

In this video essay, Vanesa Valcheva examines how nationalist narratives usurp convenient historical figures, mythologising them as the cannons of a specific ethnonational spirit. Through the example of Bulgarian-North Macedonian relations, Vanesa investigates the necessity of history making nationalisms legitimate. Video Transcript Nationalism is illegitimate without history. Nationalist narratives can exist successfully if specific episodes […]


Contesting ‘India’; reaching unity in diversity versus the rise of Hindu nationalism

To some extent, Indian political history can be seen as a conflict between two rival nationalist traditions. Aditya Nath’s BJP stands for a particular strand of Indian nationalism, Hindutva, which deliberately politicises Hindu identity to impose a vision of Indian nationality defined by Hinduism.