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Nationalism and Political Viiolence

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In this blog Brian Girvin (University of Glasgow) examines the complex relationship between political violence and nationalism. He considers  possible justifications for the use of violence for political ends, arguing that is use can be justified in limited circumstances only. He finds that while there is an association between violence and nationalism, other factors such as state dominance and imperial claims are more important.

The Future of Northern Ireland and the Prospects for a United Ireland

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In this blog, Brian Girvin University of Glasgow evaluates the prospects for a united Ireland in the near future. Recent political, economic and demographic change has destabilied the United Kingdom and the demand for a border poll to determine the future of Northern Ireland is one reflection of this. However, it is suggested that achieving a majority will be difficult in the short term and that Northern Ireland remains a deeply divided society, especially on the question of its constitutional future.

Political Independence after the Invasion of Ukraine

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In this blog, Brian Girvin (University of Glasgow) discusses the status of political independence after the invasion of Ukraine. The blog focuses on two themes. The first assesses Vladimir Putin’s essay ‘On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians’, which denies that Ukraine has had or can have an independent existence.

Nationalism, The Realignment of British Politics and the Future of the United Kingdom

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In this post, Brian Girvin University of Glasgow, argues that the 2014 referendum on independence in Scotland and the 2016 vote to leave the European Union has prompted a political realignment in Scotland and England, as well as destabilising the United Kingdom.

Normies, Conspiracies, and White Nationalism

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For my research on conspiracy theories, religion, and extremism I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time of the social media platform Telegram. For a few weeks, a group named White Lives Matter (WLM) had been planning rallies and protests in the major cities in the United States and in Toronto, Canada.

Normies, Conspiracies, and White Nationalism

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For my research on conspiracy theories, religion, and extremism I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time of the social media platform Telegram. For a few weeks, a group named White Lives Matter (WLM) had been planning rallies and protests in the major cities in the United States and in Toronto, Canada.

Patriot Churches

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As per the definition of Katherine Stewart in her book The Power Worshippers, Christian nationalism is based upon the myth that the American republic was created and founded as a Christian nation, and as such, the legitimate government “rests not on the consent of the governed but on adherence to the doctrines of a specific religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage.” (Stewart 2020) Under this definition, the laws of the land should not be based upon delib