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civilization-state (plural civilization-states)

  1. A political entity (a state) associated with a particular civilization.
    • 2009, LA Times, 22 November, Martin Jacques [1]
      Although China has described itself as a nation-state for the last century, it is in essence a civilization-state. The longest continually existing polity in the world, it dates to 221 BC and the victory of the Qin. Unlike Western nation-states, China's sense of identity comes from its long history as a civilization-state.
    • 2010, Newsweek, 25 January, Martin Jacques
      China may call itself a nation-state (although only for the past century), but in essence it is a civilization-state dating back at least two millennia.


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