• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

The definition of a national state combines two complex terms: nation and state. This entry explains the meaning of these concepts, and then reviews the evolution of the nation-state and its defining characteristics. It concludes with a look at the future of the nation-state in today’s global environment.

The term nation is derived from the Latin term natio, meaning birth. A nation comprises all individuals born within a particular period of time in the same place. Beyond the community of origins which gave rise to it, a nation is a product of history, deriving from a conjunction of political power and economic space. The term nation also refers to a group of people who have a common tradition and cultural heritage, a shared history, and a ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles