The Renaissance of the Nation-State
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Nation-State, global and regional crisises, offensive realism, myth of State, universalism, historical memory, Brexit

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Bilyi, O., & Vovk, V. (2020). The Renaissance of the Nation-State. Multiversum. Philosophical Almanac, 2(1), 3-28.


In the article it deals with the renaissance of the Nation--State in the period of the global and regional crisises, weakening of the international institutions in the background of the fundamental geopolitical challenges. One of the main goals of this іnvestigation is to realize the very idea of Nation-State in the contemporary political discourse, to analyze the cultural and historical background of State as such, as well as the myth of State. The authors also pay attention to the theory of offensive realism as the base for understanding today tendencies of the international development. The International law reality is represented on the theoretical level On the theoretical level as the balance of power On the theoretical level the International law reality is represented as the balance of power The balance of power means the ability of a State to use violence for the defence of its sovereignty. The military competition of the Nation-States is supplementing by the legitimation stoppages. Violence is the core of the Nation-State rationality. The low shaping of such an ability through the negotiations is the result of the rival states powers ratio, that is determined by means of intelligence, capabilities for violence and diplomacy. Synthesis of violence and legitimation are the pillars of the contemporary International law system. Such memorable event in the life of modern Europe as Brexit takes the privileged place in the article. The gobal and the regional crisises, Pandemia of Covid-19 and Brexit for instance, contribute to the renaissance of the Nation-State as well as to the revival of the myth of State. The Nation-State is the mostly vivd evidence of the historical unfolding of the human subjectivity. In its turn, any universalism proved to be the expantionist ideology that reinforced the particular values – social, political and cultural. Such organizations like European Union are the Nation-State in its totality. Historical memory constitutes the key part of the national identity discource, is the relible guarantee of the Nation-State security and the sociocultural development of the countries.
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