Blind nationalism

Blind nationalism is a term used to describe extreme nationalism, e.g. nazism, chauvinism. It is the nationalism "which does not allow the rational nature of the human mind to assert itself".[1]

It was used to explain the totalitarian and authoritarian regimes in the Interwar period, which eventually led to World War II.[2] The term is sometimes associated with American expansionism.[3]


The earliest known use of the phrase "blind nationalism" is in the 1908 book Racial Problems in Hungary by British historian Robert William Seton-Watson:

Needless to say, the attitude of the Magyar Press corresponded to that of the parliamentary Jingoes; and even the Pester Lloyd, which treated the matter with conspicuous moderation, wrote as follows: "We shall say no more of the Hlinkas and the Hodžas. These are small fry, who live upon blind nationalism, just as those amongst us who rise to honours and riches through frenzied Chauvinism. People of that sort one seizes by the collar if they break the law, and the basta."[4]


In his 2000 book Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower, American author and critic of United States foreign policy William Blum says "If love is blind, patriotism has lost all five senses."[5]


  1. Vyas, R.N. (2004). A new vision of history. New Delhi: Diamond pocket books. p. 127. ISBN 9788128808760.
  2. Tom Betti, Doreen Uhas Sauer (2012). Columbus Taverns The Capital City's Most Storied Saloons. History Pr. p. 55. ISBN 9781609496708.
  3. Schiller, Aaron Allen (2009). "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Absurd". Stephen Colbert and philosophy : I am philosophy (and so can you!). Chicago, Ill.: Open Court. ISBN 9780812696615.
  4. Seton-Watson, Robert William (1908). Racial problems in Hungary. A. Constable & Co., ltd. p. 345.
  5. Blum, William (2006). Rogue state: a guide to the world's only superpower. London: Zed Books. p. 11. ISBN 9781842778272.
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