After Westphalia: Introduction

Kicking off a new essay series on the nation state

I’m kicking off a new essay series this week, After Westphalia, on the future (or lack thereof) of the nation-state. It is intended as a longue durée companion to my Great Weirding series.

When I first visited Western Europe as a backpacking graduate student in 1998, everything looked like a picture postcard of itself. It is a quality that has survived i…

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