American Writer And Political Commenter Essay

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American writer and political commenter, William Pfaff mentioned once “The achievement of nationhood is the product not only of time and circumstance but usually of war and suffering as well”. William Pfaff understood that emerging nations required sacrifice, decision-making or war to make a nation stronger. The early Medieval Ages provides a diverse example of rising nations such as Constantinople, Hispaniola, Ireland, Merovingian Kingdoms, and the Roman Empire. Through these societies we can see how the early Middle Ages, presented characteristics of common customs, structured social class, institutions of laws and violent interactions, that all contribute to the pathway to nationhood.

Nationhood itself is a very power and patriotism word. Bishop of Seville in the 6th century, explained in The Etymologies of Isidore of Seville, what nationhood meant. He entitled:

A nation (gens) is a number of people sharing a single origin, or distinguished from another nation (natio) in accordance with its own grouping, as the ‘nations’ of Greece or of Asia Minor. From this comes the term ‘shared heritage’ (gentilitas). The word gens is also so called on account of the generations (generatio) of families, that is from ‘begetting’ (gignere, ppl. genitus), as the term ‘nation’ (natio) comes from ‘being born (Barney, 192).

Bishop of Seville was aware that a nation needed to have a common foundation in order to create a nation. The nation of…

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