Choose a continent or broad world region that is foreign to
you. Within that region, find the best example of a pure nation-state,
and the best example of a multinational state with a pluralist
Review and study the definitions for nation, state, and nation-state as explained in your textbook. Then do library and online research to examine the information on ethnicity, language, and culture for each country in your assigned region.
Provide each example with demographic statistics and/or a description of the country's population. What criteria are used to define each country's sense of nationality and citizenship? (parent's ancestry, race, religion, ethnicity, language, wealth, place you were born, etc.)
Choose a country for each of the following categories and then describe their people(s):
1) the most multinational country in the region.
2) the country that best fits the description of the true nation-state (the borders of the state best coincide with the occupation of the single nation).
Please compare the data about nations in library research and
on the internet
Ethnologue database: http://www.sil.org/ethnologue/
U.S. State Dept.: http://www.state.gov/www/regions/independent_states.html
United Nations: http://www.unsystem.org/
CIA World Fact Book http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
How Many Countries Are in the World? Matt Rosenberg:
World Atlas Matt Rosenberg
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