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Assignment F
The Search for the True Nation-State

Due on July 20

(Submit as your own individual essay)

Find the best example from your assigned region of a pure nation-state, and the best example of a multinational state with a pluralist society.

Review and study the definitions for nation, state, and nation-state as explained in your textbook Building Geographic Literacy. 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.

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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).

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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:
http://geography.about.com/library/weekly/aa091399.htm?pid=2820&cob=home
World Atlas Matt Rosenberg


Don't forget to include full citations and a bibliography to tell me where you got your information.