The Rise of the Nation-State across the World, 1816 to 2001

@article{Wimmer2010TheRO,
  title={The Rise of the Nation-State across the World, 1816 to 2001},
  author={Andreas Wimmer and Yuval Feinstein},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  year={2010},
  volume={75},
  pages={764 - 790}
}
Why did the nation-state proliferate across the world over the past 200 years, replacing empires, kingdoms, city-states, and the like? Using a new dataset with information on 145 of today’s states from 1816 to the year they achieved nation-statehood, we test key aspects of modernization, world polity, and historical institutionalist theories. Event history analysis shows that a nation-state is more likely to emerge when a power shift allows nationalists to overthrow or absorb the established… 

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