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As we enter election week here in the US the study of nationalism feels more important than ever. The world is watching as history unfolds in front of us, and we can't know what the next month will hold. Whatever happens (or happened, depending on when you're reading this) on November 4th, I'm sure we will all have a lot of work on our hands as scholars in this field. It seems pertinent then that our question of the month should have some bearing on the election, so this month we're asking:
What are some of the twists and turns in the long relationship between nationalism and authoritarianism? Can we safely categorize any nationalist movements and organizations as anti-authoritarian? Are there authoritarian regimes that we can describe as opposed to nationalism?
As always we eagerly anticipate your replies, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on this timely question.