Nation state  

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The French Revolution was in origin an uprising of the commoners against the nobility and the clergy (Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix)
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The French Revolution was in origin an uprising of the commoners against the nobility and the clergy (Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix)

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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The nation-state is a state that self-identifies as deriving its political legitimacy from serving as a sovereign entity for a country as a sovereign territorial unit. The state is a political and geopolitical entity; the nation is a cultural and/or ethnic entity. The term "nation-state" implies that the two geographically coincide, and this distinguishes the nation state from the other types of state, which historically preceded it.

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