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NATIONALITY

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Originally appearing in Volume V19, Page 272 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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NATIONALITY, a somewhat vague term, used strictly in international law (see INTERNATIONAL LAW, PRIVATE) for the status of membership in a nation or state (for the conditions of which see STATE, ALLEGIANCE, NATURALIZATION, ALIEN), ana in a more extended sense in political discussion to denote an aggregation of persons claiming to represent a racial, territorial or some other bond of unity, though not necessarily recognized as an independent political entity. In this latter sense the word has often been applied to such people as the Irish, the Armenians and the Czechs. A " nationality " in this connexion represents a common feeling and an organized claim rather than distinct attributes which can be comprised in a strict definition.
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i wondered if you can help? I seem to remember that the first Union Jack appeared in 1604/5 when James 1st of England aka James V1 of Scotland came to the English throne. At that time the language of the the court/ diplomacy was French it was called "union of james/ jacques" or something simular, could you clarify this? Thanks Ann
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