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18 Cards in this Set

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ethnonational group
An ethnic group in which a significant percentage of its members favor national self-determination and the establishment of a nation-state dominated by the group.
The belief by some that their nation or other group is better than others.
failed state
Countries in which all or most of the citizens give their primary political loyalty to an ethnic group, a religious group, or other source of political identity. Such states are so fragmented that no one political group can govern effectively and, thus, are more legal entities than fuctioning governments.
Interconnected theological or secular ideas that establish values about what is good and what is not, and that indicate a course of action, create perceptual links among adherents, and perceptually distinguish those who adhere to a given ideology from those who do not.
A country with a small population that cannot survive economically without outside aid or that is inherently so militarily weak that it is an inviting target for foreign intervention.
multinational states
Countries in which there are two or more significant nationalities.
multistate nation
A nation that has substantial numbers of its people living in more than one state.
A group of culturally and historically similar people who feel a communal bond and who feel they should govern themselves to at least some degree.
The belief that the nation is the ultimate basis of political loyalty and that nations should have self-governing states.
A politically organized territory that recognizes no higher law, and whose population politically identifies with that entity.
political identity
The perceived connection between an individual and a political community (a group that has political interest and goals) and among individuals of a political community. Nationalism is the dominant political identity of most people, but others, such as religion, do exist as a primary political identity and are becoming more common.
popular sovereignty
A political doctrine that holds that sovereign political authority resides with the citizens of a state. According to this doctrine, the citizenry grant a certain amount of authority to the state, its government, and, especially, its specific political leaders )such as monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers), but do not surrender ultimate sovereignty.
The concept that a people should have the opportunity to map their own destiny.
state building
The process of creating both a government and other legal structures of a country and the political identification of the inhabitants of the country with the state and their sense of loyalty to it.
stateless nation
A nation that does not exercise political control over any state.
Fear of others, "they-groups."
The belief that Jews are a nation and that they should have an independent homeland.