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For Love of Country: An Essay On Patriotism and Nationalism

Maurizio Viroli


In scholarly literature and common language, patriotism is often conflated with nationalism, which is associated with an exclusive, intolerant, and irrational attachment to one's nation. As the history of Fascism and Nazism shows, patriotism understood as nationalism can have disastrous consequences. Nevertheless, this book argues that the language of patriotism must be distinguished from that of nationalism. While nationalism values the cultural, religious, and ethnic unity of a people, patriotism is the love of a people's common liberty, which gives us the strength to resist oppression by th ... More

Keywords: civic virtue, common good, fascism, justice, liberty, nationalism, nazism, patriotism, rationality, republicanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198293583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198293585.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurizio Viroli, author
Princeton University
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