Works on nations and nationalism often include an introductory chapter on empires before more substantive matters are examined. Conversely, books on empires typically conclude with summary reflections on the rise of nations. This reveals a particular perspective in the larger literature where the worlds of empires and nation-states have long been clearly differentiated from each other, and have at times been treated as antithetical in nature. It has also been typical that when nationalism is studied within an imperial context the examination focuses primarily on minority nationalisms. Recently more thoughtful readings of history have started to produce a rich literature that reveals the complex relationship between empires and nationalism. The present essay will seek to introduce the main contours of such rethinking.
Keywords: Nationalism studies, empire, nationalism
How to Cite:
Bayar, Y., (2021) “State of Nationalism (SoN): Nationalism and Empire”, Studies on National Movements 7(1), 14. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/snm.85332