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Nationalism and State Structure
Nationalism and state structure
Introduction

The nineteenth-century Czech nationalist leader František Palacký once remarked that ‘if the Austrian Empire did not exist, it would have to be invented’: nothing but a complex set of institutional structures could cope with the mixture of nationalities that made up the Habsburg dominions. So far, our focus has been primarily on the nation: on the circumstances associated with its origin and development, and on the patterns in accordance with which it has been organized politically. This exploration has also, necessarily, taken us into the area of relations between nation and state: a demand for political self-expression, usually in the form of a state, is one of the most characteristic features of nationalism. But the relationship between nation ...

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