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The word nation has been in use since the 13th century and was attributed more to a race group than a political formation As there is an obvious merger of the two there is difficulty in showing where the modern sense of the political meaning came into play The confusion of the two has continued with a difference between nation-state and the arguments surrounding nationalists and nationalism From the early 17th century the adjective nation wa sused in a complimentary and united sense Opponents of nationalism would say that it has racial trends running through it It is now quite safe to say it is in the national interest to nationalize Establishing these meanings is important when discussing a national identity because myths arise from meanings To arrive at a point where national identity and Orientalism mix and affect each other it is also important to establish what Orientalism was and is nowRaymond Williams describes the East as the Orient by saying that Western and Eastern or oriental worlds are thus defined from the 16th and 17th century He goes on to describe teh west as free enterprising or capitalist societies Orientalism has taken on many forms however since it was possible to travel and tell stories of strange lands of the orient Edward Siad states that for the orient idioms became frequent and these idioms took firm hold in European discourse Siad has first hand knowledge of the peculiar nature of these idioms as he feels that he is both Eastern and Western These idioms do lead to myths of the orient myths that manifest themselves in European institutions universities and governments Orientalism has taken on a corporate identity We assume that with learning and the accumulation of knowledge that scholars improve on past scholars However the ideas of orientalism are brought about by the forces that gave the orient to western learning Fashioned by the
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