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What's the difference between Nationalism and Patriotism?

Asked by Carly (4360 points ) August 18th, 2010

Can someone give me a clear definition of each?
I’m not looking wiki links.
thank you

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kenmc's avatar

Nationalism is devotion to your country no matter what it does.

Patriotism is admiration for your country, but disagreeing with what it does that you find disagreeable.

muppetish's avatar

boots covered the basic difference. I checked the definitions on Oxford English Dictionary’s website:

“nationalism, n. 1.a. Advocacy of or support for the interests of one’s own nation, esp. to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations. Also: advocacy of or support for national independence or self-determination.

patriotism, n. The quality of being patriotic; love of or devotion to one’s country.”

Carly's avatar

sounds good. Thanks guys!

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Dr_Lawrence's avatar

When its about your country, you call it patriotism.
When it is about some country your country distrusts, you call it nationalism!

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