Forgetfulness, and I would even say historical error, are essential in the creation of a nation  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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In "What is a Nation?" Ernest Renan states what has become one of the most famous and enduring ideas of nationalism. "Forgetfulness, and I would even say historical error, are essential in the creation of a nation."




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