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The study of international relations is very broad and complex It is the study of nations and states and how they are formed It is also the study of measures such as revolutions and wars that create different nations and states and the reasons behind such measures One important concept in international relations is the view of nationalism Nationalism is a part of every nation and state and thus is relevant to each country An important geographical area where nationalism relates directly to the events occurring today would be in the Middle East where nationalistic views of two different nations that of Jews and Arabs coincide to create a very volatile conflict that has run its course for nearly a whole century A nation is defined as a group with a common culture language folkways and values A state refers to a government in control of territory and population For example Israel is a state and a nation since it consists mainly of Jews However Palestine is a nation because it consists of Arabs with a common culture but not a State since the International community does not recognize it as one Nationalism is the view that a nation and state in a specific area should coincide It is the view that says that a specific group with a common culture should be allowed to form its own state and thus its own form of government to govern itself Thus nationalism is related to every country and so is very important in the study of International relations The most damaging weakness in Nationalism is that Nationalism may cause a culture to consider itself superior to all other cultures This in turn may be used as a justification to eliminate other groups A prime example is that of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust But on the other hand this superior attitude towards other cultures could cause severe tension between whoever is involved and in turn cause
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