Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


In National Identity, a seminal study concerning nations and national identity, Anthony Smith defines national identity as "a named human population sharing common myths and symbols, historical memories, a mass, public culture, a common economy and common legal rights and duties for all members (Smith 1991, p.14)." According to Smith, these components are absolutely necessary for a nation to function. However, does this definition apply to the experience of all nations? Are there particular historical, geopolitical, or social factors that have shaped the development of a common national identity?