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Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Rod Preece

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


The hypothesis of the paper is that nationalism and integration are compatible with each other, and only conflict when the integrationist tendencies in society become overbearing. To study the hypothesis to the fullest extent possible, we explored it in both intellectual and concrete terms. Chapter One looks at the literature on nationalism and concludes that it can be used in the integration processes of society. Chapter Two examines how nationalism is treated by the modern proponents of integration. The functionalist, neo-functionalist, federalist and pluralist schools of integration are explored in the chapter. Chapter Three examines the hypothesis in concrete terms with an exploration of how nationalism contributed to nation-state development in Africa. Finally, Chapter Four looks at how nationalism stood as a barrier to expansive integration attempts in Western Europe, particularly in the post-World War II era.

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