Nation and Sovereignty

Vigorous efforts were made in Germany to define nation on the basis of organic integrity among its constituent members. This conception of nation was easily accommodated by East Asia due to its ideological usefulness and affinity with the traditional concept of nation in East Asia. As a result, there appeared the idea of nation-state. The strong nationalism suggested by Sin Cheho and others in Korea was formed under the influence of the concept of organic nation and Darwinism in the West. It was without any problem when the nationalistic theory of nation assumed the resistance against the Japanese imperialism, while the theory became a problematic ideology to justify the power of nation once the organized government power was put into use. The book lay stress on the need to identify the historical foundation of the Western concept of nation as our conception of nation is considerably ruled by the Western conception. However, it does not fail to notice the need to understand the traditional political culture―Confucian ideas such as family-centered system, patriarchy, paternalism, etc―which made the imported institution of nation operate differently from its native place.

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