Primordialism is the argument which contends that nations are ancient, natural phenomena.

Primordialism can be traced philosophically to the ideas of German Romanticism, particularly in the works of Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Johann Gottfried Herder.Fact|date=December 2007 For Herder, the nation was synonymous with language group. In Herder's thinking, language was synonymous with thought, and as each language was learnt in community, then each community must think differently. This also suggests that the community would hold a fixed nature over time.

Primordialism encountered enormous criticism after the Second World War, with many scholars of nationalism coming to treat the nation as a community constructed by the technologies and politics of modernity. Though largely rejected by most theorists of nationalism, some of its ideas have found parallels in ethnosymbolism.Fact|date=December 2007

ee also

*Ethnic conflict
*Jus sanguinis
*Sapir–Whorf hypothesis
*Social constructionism

Further reading

* Barth, Fredrik 1969: Ethnic Groups and Boundaries
* Smith, Anthony D. 1998. Nationalism and modernism: a critical survey of recent theories of nations and nationalism, London; New York: Routledge.
* Özkırımlı, Umut 2000. Theories of Nationalism, London: Macmillan Press.
* Espiritu, Yen Le: Asian-American Panethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities.
* Appadurai, Arjun 1996: Modernity at Large

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