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The nation-state as a territorial myth of European construction

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Sylvain Kahn

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This paper examines the concept that the nation-state is a territorial myth of European construction. The nationstate is a central concept in the narrative of European integration. It is perceived as having a mythical function. However, this conceals the fact that the European Union is first and foremost a spatial odyssey. Its foundation is based on circulation and mobility, focusing on shared sovereignty and territory. In theory, the ingredients of this very new European experiment consist of a wide geo-historical range of both sovereignty and territorial categories. Equating European identity with the nation-state is an obstacle to the acknowledgement of this experiment. Demystifying the place in Europe held by the nation-state as a political territory may contribute to our understanding of what Europeans are in the process of building for their future.
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hal-03460239 , version 1 (01-12-2021)

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Sylvain Kahn. The nation-state as a territorial myth of European construction. Espace Géographique, 2014, 43 (2014/3), pp.240 - 250. ⟨hal-03460239⟩
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