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By Craig Calhoun

Nationalism is without doubt one of the such a lot urgent of world difficulties. Drawing on examples from worldwide, Craig Calhoun considers nationalism's different manifestations, its historical past, and its courting to imperialism and colonialism. He additionally demanding situations makes an attempt to "debunk" nationalism that fail to understand why it nonetheless has such strength and centrality in glossy existence.

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62 In this way he also condemned anti-Semitism, defining it as a ‘beastly and vile thrust that preached hatred of races’,63 whereas he affirmed that ‘the Jewish people are a great people. . ’64 The ‘vociani’ wanted national regeneration through civic humanism and the faith of a secular religion that could educate the moral conscience of the modern ‘new Italian’, harmonizing the need for a strong sense of national identity with the aspiration of attaining a higher universal conscience, above and beyond that of nationalism.

In Ferrero’s opinion, the most serious sign of the French disease and the threat of its contagion spreading throughout all Europe, was precisely ‘the collective belief in this type of fairytale’ that had pushed the French into ‘admiration of despotism and dictatorship’. Ferrero concluded: ‘Actually, the anti-Dreyfusard propaganda, under the guise of a crusade in the name of the defence of the nation and against the crimes of capitalism and the tyranny of gold’, aimed at a wider and more ambitious objective: To fight against modern civilization and everything in French society that is the heritage of the Revolution; to fight against the spirit of international solidarity, religious tolerance, 18 The Struggle for Modernity intellectual, political and economic liberty, parliamentary institutions, science and philosophical thought free from any religious tie.

20 As a result, the rhetorical dramatization was animated by a real feeling of anguish, by the fear of a mortal danger that hovered over the destiny of democracy and modern civilization. 21 For most Italian commentators, the fact that the Dreyfus case had exploded in France helped strengthen the perception of the extreme seriousness of the ideological war that had transformed the protests against the judicial error and the campaign for revision into a battle for modern civilization. 22 In order to explain the origin of the Dreyfus Affair, there were some who fell back upon the theory of a conspiracy.

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