A European Perspective
Ancient and medieval nation state: political and historical deliberations
Jerzy Juchnowski & Jan R. Sielezin
University of Wrocław, Poland
The concept of nation state is present in political, sociological and historical deliberations devoted to societies, state institutions, political systems, political parties, social organizations and, above all, political authority which, to a great extent, forms internal and international relations of particular countries. We focus on European countries since the question of the nation state in Asia and Africa requires a separate analysis on account of their distinctive path of civilization development. The use of the notion of the national state in different political, sociological, historical or even legal contexts does not mean that there exists a widespread interest in the concept. The National state often functions as a propaganda slogan. Scholarly literature does not analyze the subject in detail, except for the cases of great transformations (Giddens 1987, p. 25). It is hard to guess what have made Polish and other scholars use the time and space dimensions when defining the category of the national state (although in the last 30 years there have appeared a dozen or so valuable works concerning the European national state). The national state is often associated with the 18th and 19th centuries, less often with the 17th century.
It is often connected with the modern period and great socio-economic processes: the development of capitalism and industrialization, as well as the development of controlling and disciplining administration (Szacki 2006, p. 888). Moreover, the modern national state...
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