Nationalism is one of those words that isn't all that easy to define. The problem lies in the fact it is often conflated with patriotism. It seems that for a period in the past the words were in fact synonymous. While there continues to be some overlap, they certainly aren't the same and actually conjure up very different images today.


1. Nationalism or Patriotism

One of the key differences between nationalism and patriotism is that nationalism promotes a nation's supremacy over all other nations. Whereas patriotism is the love of one's nation without the element of exclusivity. A patriotic love of one's nation doesn't necessarily demand viewing it as superior to all others no matter how much you love it. Nationalism tends to promote the view of one's nation's superiority.

Patriotism and nationalism - not synonyms FG Trade / Getty Images


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