What do you understand by the right to national
How has this idea resulted in both formation of and
challenges to nation-states?
Right to national self-determination means seeking the
right by cultural groups to govern themselves and determine their
future development as a nation.
The idea of national self-determination led to the
formation of nation-state. As in case of Europe after First
World-War, the countries were formed on the basis of culture they
shared. It helped these groups to determine their future
development path and to govern themselves.
This idea is also a challenge to the formation of
nation-state as it is impossible to have one culture in a
nation-state. It is impossible to ensure that each cultural group
could achieve political independence and statehood. Examples for
the same could be the mass migrations that took place after the
re-organisation of state boundaries in Europe to maintain
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