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Types of Nationalist Mobilization
Types of nationalist mobilization

In popular culture, nationalist activism is typically presented in clear-cut, binary fashion. We may see this in the area of film: Braveheart (1995), for example, pits a courageous Scottish rebel against the English throne, and The patriot (2000) depicts a struggle between resourceful American revolutionaries and their powerful British opponents. But nationalism is rarely so straightforward – not only is it not a battle between good and evil, it is typically not even a contest between two sides. We need to turn, then, to the various forms that nationalism may take – a vast field, especially if we extend the time dimension backwards to the late eighteenth century, and the space dimension outwards to cover the globe.

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