Two in one day. Sadly this has been sitting elsewhere and isn't long or necessarily ground shattering or that engaging.

Responses to Global Transformations by Troillot pg35


Troillot mentions democracy, development, progress, and the nation-state as terms that do not describe but are packages for idealism ("North Atlantic universals"). While I agree with the first three, I disagree with the last one. I would argue that nationalism and patriotism might be 'North Atlantic universals,' however the nation-state itself does function to describe real world cultural organizations. The nation-state is used to refer to an actual kind of organization, characterized by heavily centralized government with definite borders and demanding loyalty to North Atlantic universals such as democracy, development, progress, and nationalistic identities.

*And thus while it is not in and of itself a North Atlantic universal, it is dependent upon them.

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