O'Reilly logo

Language, Identity and Conflict by Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

5 Histories and geographies of the nation-state

The so-called Nation State … is … only an increment of the general insecurity and menace … and the hunt for happiness will never be greater than when it must be caught between today and tomorrow.

(Nietzsche quoted in Kaufmann, 1974: 166)

Questions of language are basically questions of power.

(Chomsky, 1979: 191)

Les nations ne sont pas quelque chose d'éternel. Elles ont commencé, elles finiront.

(Renan in Thiesse, 1999: 12–13)

Introduction

In contemporary Europe issues in language, identity and conflict relate in large part to the idea and the reality of the nation-state. In this chapter the centrality of language to the modern nation-state and the ethnic and civic dimensions to its identity ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required