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1,392 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 17 years ago by kyry

Do you think there`s a difference between patriotism and nationalism?

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17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/04 - 7:15:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really. According to, patriotism is love of and devotion to one's country. Nationalism is the devotion to the interests or culture of one's nation.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/04 - 8:14:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
I always thought that patriotism was enthusiasm for your country as it is, whereas nationalism was enthusiasm for making your country the best out there.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 3/6/04 - 2:12:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
As a veteran of the armed forces, I like to think of myself as a patriot, however, a nationalist? Theres too much going wrong in my country for me to think of myself as one. There are a lot of countries out there that have parts of their poop in a group more than the U.S. does.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 3/14/04 - 8:36:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nationalism tends to have negative connotations.

According to, patriotism is:

"devotion to one's own country and concern for its defence",

and nationalism is:

"a sentiment based on common cultural characteristics that binds a population and often produces a policy of national independence or separatism" and also:

"exaggerated, passionate, or fanatical devotion to a national community".

They are similar, but there are significant differences.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 3/14/04 - 12:40:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
^that doesn't capture the differences, though.
16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 7/1/04 - 12:57:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Patriotism can be used in conjunction with other words though, to be a patriot of something. I hear that a lot.
16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 7/1/04 - 12:58:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really.
16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 7/1/04 - 1:05:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Patriotism is supposed to have positive connotations.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 7/27/04 - 4:35:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 7/27/04 - 4:40:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would say there's a big difference between the two. As people have said, patriotism is a love for your country. Nationalism is a desire to advance your country; and judging by the National Party I would say there aren't many strict codes of conduct employed to achieve this.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 7/27/04 - 4:46:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with that Oz.

I also think that although or any other sight doesn't show any real difference in definition i think that Nationalism is widely percieved to have negative connatations.

16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 7/30/04 - 2:46:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
hahaha we learned about this in school.

~Patriotism is the love for your country.

~Nationalism is being extreamly predjudiced against anyone who isnt from your country.

hahaha paying attention pays off!

16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 8/12/04 - 12:08:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, there is a difference
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 8/12/04 - 12:11:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
there is a difference, but the line between the two tends to get very blurred.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 8/22/04 - 7:29:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
The line has been blurred for quite some time, almost in an intentional attempt to unite the country.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 8/25/04 - 8:51:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes I think so
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 8/25/04 - 8:52:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
There are differences, but you can swap the names around and they'll still be partly right.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 12/13/04 - 1:51:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
not really they are pretty close
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 12/20/04 - 3:00:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, a rather large difference.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 12/28/04 - 9:11:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes and no. there is a difference, but people often confuse the definitions. what people often call patriotism is really nationalism.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 1/15/05 - 4:00:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
Obviously this provokes more response because of the term Nationalist being used for political parties; and the ones I have knowledge of are the National Socialists and National parties within Britain - all of which are "negative" parties and usually racist/homophobic etc.

The definition of nationalism does not mean homophobic/racist, which is what these parties usually are, so therefore the terminology is misconstrued.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being patriotic (or nationalistic, but not taken with the meaning it now has from history) and people who try and twist patriotism into some sort of weird Xenophobia need to get a life.

16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 1/25/05 - 2:54:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 1/27/05 - 5:42:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think u choose to be parteotic, and are forced to be nationosist. nationalist sounds commi to me...
16 yrs ago - Sunday 2/6/05 - 10:45:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd like to see a new word, that expresses appreciation for how the people of a country, and the ideals of the country, work so well to make a great nation, w/o the implicit attitude of superiority and defensiveness towards other nations.

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