chapter  5
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Nationalism and Culture

Nationalityisarathervagueexpressionof groupidentity,perhapsatthelargestlevelafter family,clan,ortribe.Theconceptofnationality wasbornoutoftheEuropeannation-statesystem,

whichemergedinthelateMiddleAges.Yetin otherpartsoftheglobe,identityofgroup,rooted inpartonlocation,hasalsobeenevidentintribal areasorunitsaslargeasempires.Great"nations" ofpeopleasfarbackasBiblicaltimeshavemade theirappearancesanddisappearancesonthe worldmap.Forexample,theKhazarswerea nationofTurkicpeoplewhoseempirelastedseveralhundredyearsinEurasia;yettoday,noone identifieshim-orherselfasKhazarian,andthe languageandculturehavedisappearedfromthe world.