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Old 15.03.2017, 12:28
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Do you not mean "Unfortunately" in that sentence?

For me the basic problem with nationalism is that it so frequently ends in war.
Nationalism, just like other strategies, be they the divine right of kings (which preceded nationalism and gave us the UK), religion, class revolution or good old fashioned bread and circuses are just a means to keep the mob controlled, placated and open to suggestion - nationalism is just one of several means by which people end at war, but not why we do.
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There has not (so far at least) been a war between two EU member states in its 60 years, something that you couldn't say very often in the centuries before.
With the close the Napoleonic wars in 1815 you could say much the same for almost the subsequent hundred years. German and Italian unification saw a few minor conflicts and there were a few civil wars, but the European nations were pretty much at peace with each other.

Almost a hundred years, of course - that peace ended in 1914 and we all know how.
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