Re: Steve Sailer’s blog post Is Nationalism Really Only Two Centuries Old?From: A Canadian Reader [Email him]
Steve Sailer writes
“English nationalism catalyzed French nationalism as a defensive reaction against English predation (notice that Henry V is giving his do or die speech about once more unto the breach speech not on English soil, but on the Continent)”
Steve has forgotten an earlier manifestation of nationalism—the Battle of Bannockburn. Nationalism in Europe may be dated from the Scottish Wars of Independence, where Sir William Wallace (Braveheart) made a specific appeal to Scottish nationalism, and Robert the Bruce kicked it into touch,
as it were—1296-1328, coupled with the Declaration of Arbroath
, a full century before Henry
V and Agincourt.
Scottish Nationalists Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon tried to evoke this histor
y during the recent referendum.