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    Being a political entity and nationalism are two different things.
      For instance, England and France have been around for a very long time, but no one living at the time of the kings would confuse that with nationalism.

      For example, look at the 100-years war. Who fought in it? Only the lords. The peasants didn't (although they were often robbed and killed for sport).
      Why? Because there was no nationalism. The serfs were loyal only to their local lords. They had nothing to gain from the wars. Thus the armies were measured in a few thousand and fought only a couple times a year, during one season.

      Those things changed for good after the French Revolution, when slavery and feudalism were abolished and everyone claimed a stake in the nation.
       Suddenly the French could field armies of such size that other nations couldn't match.

    ¡Cállate o despertarás la izquierda! - protest sign in Spain

    by gjohnsit on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:56:17 AM PST

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