As I began my research for this essay, it became clearly obvious that there is no consensus on the

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As I began my research for this essay, it became clearly obvious that there is no consensus on the roots of nations. From Gellner to Smith, a million little points in time and space can be credited for the creation of a nation, which in itself carries various meanings and connotations. Believing that both modernists, who interpret nationalism as being associated with industrial economy and centralized authority, and primordialists, who argue nations are ancient and natural phenomena, make valid points, I have opted to adhere to Michael Mann’s explanation that the structure of nations ‘had multiple causes and stages cascading on top of each other in unexpected and unfortunate ways. They were contingent because different causal chains, each…show more content…
This is proof that despite, or because of, globalization, the core idea of nationalism will not be derailed but will further growth as the world changes. All cultures change at one time or another or a variety of reasons. This neo-colonial world we live in is evidence that the identity of decolonised peoples, which is drawn from the coloniser’s conception of cultural knowledge, continues to play a role in how we understand the international society. The affect of colonising powers dates back for centuries, effecting the cultural, national and ethnic identities of the colonised. These developments influence the types and strengths of the relationships not only in the national sense amongst members of each particular society but also internationally. Paradoxically, decolonisation did not necessarily mean that former colonies are independent, but that they may still be subjected to the ‘outward trappings of…economics systems and thus political policy is directed from outside’ (Nkrumah 1965: ix). The identity of the periphery states has been shaped by their subjugation to the economic super powers of the world. This statement is also true for the identity of super powers, whose ideologies are shaped by their dominant stance in the international society. The neo-colonial perspective clarifies that despite decolonisation and countries gaining nominal power over their territorial boundaries,
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