On Empire and Nation

Dachang LIU


There are many common features of the empire in the history, the vast land, numerous nationalities, monarch centralization, strong military power plays an important role in the maintenance of empire wide territory. The emperor was the core of the unified empire and the legal basis of empire, without the “emperor”, “country” would have collapsed. The object to whom every nation living in the empire subjected to and pledged loyalty to be the emperor. However, for the nation-state, what to give allegiance is an abstract community. In theory of law, nation state is different from the empire. But, at any times, there is no single-nation state. Most Nation-state is a combination of different proportions of nations with a priority ethnic.


Empire; Nation; Territory; Military; Religion

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/%25x


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