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The Cyprus Problem: Fractured National Identities Struggling For Control

Written by Gabriel Blondeau The Nicosia derby opposing APOEL FC and AC Ommonia; the biggest rivalry in Cypriot football, is indicative of the larger political situation plaguing the island and how identity-making lays the bedrock for nationalism. The rivalry and conflict are truly built into the history of the two teams: Ommonia was created as […]

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The Tatar Issue in Russia’s Centre of Spiritual Unity

Written by: Miriam Yakobashvili Crimea, Russia’s “centre of spiritual unity,” as claimed by Putin, has been inhabited by the Crimean Tatars for centuries. The ethnic group has lived on the peninsula throughout the Ottoman period as well as after Catherine II’s takeover in 1783. In an effort to Russify the region, and as a part of Stalin’s ruthless ethnic policies, the General Secretary accused […]

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The Post-Brexit Tide of British Nationalism Pulls Us Back In … A Post-Brexit Britain Has Disturbed The Waters

Written by: Louis Rawlinson On the 6th May 2021, the waters around the Channel Islands bore witness to a display of Anglo-French rivalry, and the crash and roar of British and French nationalism batting heads, making a wave that is strong enough to capsize any vessel, and deep enough to drown any man. But to the Royal […]

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FdeSouche, or ‘you will be a (far right French) man, my son.’

Written by Lucile de Laforcade Chère France, salvation is on its way! Against the ‘complete state of deliquescence of the country’, FdeSouche is here to the rescue. Founded in 2005, the far right blog, or, to be more precise, ‘news agitator,’ as its members like to call it, has gained increased visibility in its “fight for […]

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The Mystic of ANZAC: Sacrificial Violence and the Search for Australian Nationhood

Written by: Alexandra McDermott This weekend saw the marking of Remembrance Day. Many people in various countries will have gathered at war memorials to lay wreaths, paused to pay respect in communal silence or worn a red poppy or bleuet as a gesture of commemoration. The shared trauma of the First World War generated a remarkable phenomenon of memorialization that has proved immensely adaptable, still observed […]

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The Fasces: Identity as Symbolic Construction

In this podcast, Marion Gabriel explores the power of symbols in redefining history through means of omnipresence. She investigates the fasces as a poignant example of emblems’ role in constructing a national soul and character. Featured Imagery: Wikipedia.

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The Christian Crucifix: A Symbol of Inclusion or a Weapon of Italian Nationalism?

Written by: Beatrice Bertoli In 2019 I was 16 and, I must admit, not particularly interested in Italian politics and its actors. I did, however, have a TikTok account and, like thousands of other Italians, had heard the viral remix of a speech delivered by the Italian nationalist politician Giorgia Meloni. When addressing piazza San Giovanni in Romeshe made a simple, undeniable statement: “I am Giorgia, I am […]

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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.  

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Sculpting Identity: The stolen past of Hungarians

When a state consists of multiple ethnic groups, it is often difficult to appease everyone under the rule of a person or party representing a single identity. This is where identity politics, usually drenched in nationalism, often comes into play.