Jul 16, 2:46pm
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Ancient Egyptians thought of themselves as a nation-state and believed they should be united under their native ruler, not some foreigner. The ancient Greeks had a sense of being a nation ("we are Greeks; everyone else is a barbarian") even though they were in autonomous city-states. I don't know Chinese history well, but they seemed to have the nation-state idea down early too.
And going farther back in history
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And I remember sitting in a university class in the 1980s when a poli sci professor (that's my major) told us modern nationalism all started with the Treaty of Westphalia, and I thought, so what about the preceding 4000 years of history?" It does come down to splitting hairs about definitions which are purely academic.