After Westphalia: Introduction

Kicking off a new essay series on the nation state

Part of my After Westphalia series

When I first visited Western Europe as a backpacking graduate student in 1998, everything looked like a picture postcard of itself. It is a quality that has survived in the less forgiving age of Instagram. Perhaps I lack the refined eye of a photographer, but Europe in reality looks to me like it does on Instagram.

It w…

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