How to Defend Nationalism, and How Not to

Defective history and some untenable key distinctions mar a brilliant, necessary, and much-discussed new book.

November 26, 2018 | Andrew Koss
About the author: Andrew N. Koss, an associate editor of Mosaic, is writing a book about the Jews of Vilna during World War I.

From the cover of The Virtue of Nationalism by Yoram Hazony.

“The Virtue of Nationalism”? The very title of Yoram Hazony’s new book will be repugnant to readers for whom nationalism has simply become a dirty word, associated with authoritarianism, racism, and bigotry: a vice, not a virtue.

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