Notes on Nationalism is a 1945 essay by George Orwell.

Despite it's name Orwell is addressing a more general concept which can apply not only to nationalities but to any groups of people - whether it be an ethnicity, a religion, a social class, a political ideology or as a purely negative notion such as antisemitism or anti-homosexual ideologies. While the examples Orwell gives are of a post-war flavour it's easy to see how they directly transfer to today's world.

Why am I writing about it? Well, not only is it a fantastic essay offering a view of the post-war intellectual atmosphere, it says something very deep and fundamental about human psychology that is as relevant today as it was in 1945. It is something I would highly recommend anyone to read whether their interest be in history, psychology or philosophy.


Two links where the essay can be found:

http://orwell.ru/library/essays/nationalism/english/e_nat

http://www.george-orwell.org/Notes_on_Nationalism/0.html

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Comment by Fancy Nancy on February 20, 2010 at 5:15pm
Orwell is my hero ... unfortunately ;) Blair on Blair .... Guantanamo Bay ...HG Wells???? Daddio
Comment by Fancy Nancy on February 20, 2010 at 5:15pm
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