Multidimensional concepts are better suited for analytical purposes than ideal types. the claim is demonstrated on the concept of nation. of its three dimensions, cultural, political and psychological, the former two are assessable with objective marks such as language, religion, state, autonomy, etc. in an earlier research in europe, using the above criteria, three types of nation are suggested, full-scale, ethnic and political nations, and their development between 1820 and 1980 surveyed.
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