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States, Nations, and Nation- States Bell Ringer: Explain why organizations such as ASEAN and the UN are crucial in world affairs and political geography. What is a State? • When you hear the term state what definition do you apply to the word? • For our discussion the definition of state will be: an independent political entity holding sovereignty over a territory. • Compare and contrast your personal and traditional definition to our class definition. What is a Nation? • When you hear the term nation what definition do you apply to the word? • For our discussion the definition of the word nation will be: a group of people with a common culture occupying a particular territory, bound by a strong sense of unity arising from shared beliefs and customs. • How do the definitions of State and Nation differ from your initial thoughts? • Determine how we can keep Nation and State separate when looking at the terms in class. What is a Nation-State? • Can you infer what the definition maybe for the term Nation-State? • Nation-State: is an entity whose members feel a natural connection with each other by virtue of sharing language, religion, or some other cultural characteristics strong enough to both bind them and give them a sense of distinction. • While many strive for consensus few can claim to be true nation-states. In pairs… • You and your partner will be given a packet of nations and their descriptions. • Together you need to compare and contrast the nations, and infer if they are States, Nations, or Nation-States. • Be sure to include how you came to your conclusions, and focus on the key ideas of the terminology. • Work quietly, and this will be discussed at the end of class.
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