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Definition of the noun nationalism

What does nationalism mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: nationalisms

  1. love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it
  2. the doctrine that your national culture and interests are superior to any other
  3. the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination
  4. the doctrine that nations should act independently (rather than collectively) to attain their goals

Alternative definition of the noun nationalism


  1. The idea of supporting one's country and culture.
  2. Supporting a national identity when it does not exist as a sovereign nation, for example, Basque nationalism, Kurdish nationalism.
  3. jingoism. The support of one nation's interests to the exclusion of others.
  4. See patriotism.


  1. "Nationalism" is a book by Liah Greenfeld.
    • also known as "Nationalism: five roads to modernity"
    • genre: Sociology
    • subjects: Political philosophy, Nationalism, Legislation, World history, Patriotism, International relations, History, Politics, World
  2. "Nationalism" is a book by Anthony D. Smith.
    • also known as "Nationalism: theory, ideology, history"
  3. "Nationalism" is a book by Steven Grosby, published on (10 years ago).
    • also known as "Nationalism a very short introduction"
  4. "Nationalism" is a book by Rabindranath Tagore.
  5. "Nationalism" is a book by Lloyd Kramer.
    • also known as "Nationalism: political cultures in Europe and America, 1775-1865"

There are many other writings with this title.


Nationalism is a belief, creed or political ideology that involves an individual identifying with, or becoming attached to, one's nation. Nationalism involves national identity, by contrast with the related construct of patriotism, which involves the social conditioning and personal behaviors that support a state's decisions and actions.

  • also known as Nationalist

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Nationalism

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Google previewRethinking Development (2012)

Essays on Development and Southeast Asia by Peter Preston

Nairn remarks: nationalism is the pathology of modern developmental history, as inescapable as 'neurosis' in the...

Google previewImagined Communities in Greece and Turkey (2015)

Trauma and the Population Exchanges under Atatϋrk by Emine Yeşim Bedlek

Nationalism is an ideology that eliminates different ethnic groups for a homogenised population that shares the same language, culture,

Google previewThe Political Thought of Ambedkar (Encyclopaedia of Eminent Thinkers) (1998)

by K. S. Bharathi

Nationalism is a force in the history of mankind.

Google previewHandbook of the New Sexuality Studies (2007)

by Steven Seidman, Nancy Fischer, Chet Meeks

Consider this: nationalism is the belief and practice aimed at creating unified but unique communities (nations) within a sovereign space (states). Said in a different way, nationalism is the belief that a people = nation = state.

Nationalism is a powerful principle, a powerful promise.

The promise of nationalism is that we are all essentially the same and equal as citizens – a flawed promise, if there ever ...

Google previewMultiliteracies (2000)

Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures by Bill Cope, New London Group

Nationalism is a story that creates, on three dimensions, a deeply personalised sense of belonging to the nation-state.

Google previewPolitical Ideology Today (2001)

by Ian Adams

Among modern ideologies, nationalism is the simplest, the clearest and the least theoretically sophisticated: but it is also the...

Nationalism is a political doctrine, an ideology, because it insists that one particular political form is natural and ...

Google previewMultiliteracies: Lit Learning (2005)

by Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis

Nationalism is a story that creates, on three dimensions, a deeply personalised sense of belonging to the nation-state.

Google previewEveryday Women's and Gender Studies (2016)

Introductory Concepts by Ann Braithwaite, Catherine M. Orr

Nationalism is a powerful principle, a powerful promise. Power is...

Google previewPolitical Governance: Political theory (2005)

by J. C. Chaturvedy

Nationalism is an ideology which holds that the nation, ethnicity or national identity is a fundamental unit of human...

Google previewReading Gandhi

by Anil Mishra

Nationalism is a modern phenomenon.

Google previewEthnicity, Class, and Nationalism (2005)

Caribbean and Extra-Caribbean Dimensions by Anton L. Allahar

Like ethnicity, nationalism is a form of social relation through which members of a social group construct a sense of “we-ness” and define the nonmembers as outsiders. Also, like ethnic identities, national identities can be constructed on the ...

Google previewSources of Indian Tradition (1988)

by Stephen N Hay, William Theodore De Bary

Nationalism Is the Work of God Addressing a Bombay audience soon after the Moderate -Extremist...

Google previewLiberal Languages (2009)

Ideological Imaginations and Twentieth-Century Progressive Thought by Michael Freeden

Thus Adams regards nationalism as an ideology, however flawed, observing that “among modern ideologies, nationalism is the simplest, the clearest...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African-American Literature (2015)

As defined by many scholars and critics, Black Nationalism refers to the belief thatblackpeople share a common culture and worldview, have a common destiny , and have a common experience. The concept of a selfdefined, selfsufficient state, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African Literature (2003)

by Simon Gikandi

In the epoch of globalization, or what has been called “the postnational constellation,” and within the context of crippled institutions and the preponderance of failed states such as we have in Africa, the very idea of nationalism in literature ...

Google previewCultural Encyclopedia of the Penis (2014)

by Michael Kimmel, Christine Milrod, Amanda Kennedy

NATIONALISM AND COLONIALISM Nationalism refers to the creative process where ideas and actions operate to unify a nation. Similarly, colonialism refers to the process of “intercultural domination,” where one group unequally attempts to ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Eminent Thinkers (vol. 11 : The Political Thought Of Dadabhai Naoroji) (2008)

by Ashu Pasricha

NATIONALISM. TO. POLITICAL. NATIONALISM. An idea was conceived in some quarters that some Indian members should enter the House of Commons to carry to the mother of Parliament the hopes and aspirations of Indian population ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy: Entries A-F (2001)

by R. J. Barry Jones

Economic nationalism is an ideology which has been widely used as the motive force for national development strategies,

Michael Heilperin has defined economic nationalism as a body of economic policies aimed at the loosening of the ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales [3 Volumes] (2007)

by Donald Haase, Donald Haase Ph.D.

spirit was easily translated into the idea of national identity, which meant that oral tradition assumed a privileged place in the emerging discourse of Romantic nationalism. The idea of searching for national identity in the poetry of the people ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 4: Myth, Manners, and Memory by Charles Reagan Wilson

Nationalism, Southern Like the American nationalism of which it was an offshoot, southern nationalism attempted to define clearly the circumstances in which th- century southerners found themselves. The coming of peace in allowed ...

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Christianity has not conquered nationalism; the opposite has been the case nationalism has made Christianity its footstool. (Arthur Keith)
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The value of this 11-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.


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