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To: annalex
The modern nation is therefore a historical result brought about by a series of convergent facts. Sometimes unity has been effected by a dynasty, as was the case in France; sometimes it has been brought about by the direct will of provinces, as was the case with Holland, Switzerland, and Belgium; sometimes it has been the work of a general consciousness, belatedly victorious over the caprices of feudalism, as was the case in Italy and Germany.

8 posted on 02/10/2016 7:30:16 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex
Is such a law [of an established dynasty], however, absolute? It undoubtedly is not. Switzerland and the United States, which have formed themselves, like conglomerates, by successive additions, have no dynastic basis[...]

10 posted on 02/10/2016 7:31:55 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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