Nation-states as empires, empires as nation-states: two principles, one practice?

@article{Kumar2010NationstatesAE,
  title={Nation-states as empires, empires as nation-states: two principles, one practice?},
  author={Krishan Kumar},
  journal={Theory and Society},
  year={2010},
  volume={39},
  pages={119-143}
}
Empires and nation-states are generally opposed to each other, as contrasting and antithetical forms. Nationalism is widely held to have been the solvent that dissolved the historic European empires. This paper argues that there are in fact, in practice at least, significant similarities between nation-states and empires. Many nation-states are in effect empires in miniature. Similarly, many empires can be seen as nation-states “writ large.” Moreover, empires were not, as is usually held… Expand
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