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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Nation States

Peter Hilpold

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 July 2024

Subject(s):
Dual nationality — Loss of citizenship — Minority groups — Nations and national identity — Democracy — Group rights — Ethnic minorities — Borders — Secession — Federalism

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum
Managing Editor: Martina Mantovani

1 There is no generally accepted definition of the term ‘nation state’. At its core lies the Latin term ‘nation’ (‘birth’). In the Middle Ages, it referred to the origin of individual persons, as opposed to their status (Roellecke 32). Over time, it came to refer to the origin of a people, to the place where a people, organized in a state, comes from. This term evokes, therefore, a series of further associations: the relation of a people to ancestors settling on the same territory since immemorial times, a strong cohesiveness of this group by blood and common...
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