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Switzerland as a "fractured" nation
Nations and Nationalism
This article deals with Swiss nationalism and Swiss nation-building. Its main thesis is that Switzerland cannot accurately be described as either a nation or a non-nation but is something in between, and could thus best be characterised as a 'fractured' nation. Switzerland has experienced some powerful nationalist moments, from the creation of the Swiss state in 1848 to the last few decades. Yet this recurrent nationalism among the Swiss, considered alongside their more traditional reluctance to consider themselves a nation, make Switzerland a peculiar object: a 'fractured' nation. This flawed process of nation-building in turn reveals some basic characteristics of all nations - inherent artificiality, and the tremendous efforts undertaken to hide it. Switzerland could be considered an unfinished, incomplete nation, and this is precisely why its study can be interesting for scholars of nations and nationalism.
history, nation-building, nationalism, Switzerland, theory of nationalism
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