NationaI identities, epistemic and moral norms and historicaI narratives
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CitationVirvidakis, S. (2014). NationaI identities, epistemic and moral norms and historicaI narratives. Beşinci Balkan Ülkeleri Felsefe Semineri. Maltepe Üniversitesi. s. 105-118.
Many contemporary historians, social scientists and philosophers acknowledge the constructed character of national identities. The elaboration of elements inherited from a common past, including language, religion and ethniccultures, maylead peopletoform a nation and to perceive its national identity as a natural entity born at some historical moment and growing ever since.This identity is supposedly strengthened when the nation prospers. lt may be weakened due to external factors, such as a long occupation leading to its eventual assimilation by a foreign culture, as well as to internal developments. Such as an economic and cultural decline and a gradual loss of vitality. However, the romantic view of nations as natural organisms that grow and could eventually die, disregards the fact that the very idea of a nation is an invention of modernity which becomes prominent in the ' 19th Century, giving rise to nationalisms all over Europe and providing a basis for irredentist and revolutionary movements of all kinds. Thus, it underestimates the active, though often unconscious, role of intellectua|s and historians in the construction of a particular identity persisting through time.
SourceBeşinci Balkan Ülkeleri Felsefe Semineri
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