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22 But the boundary between national or cultural stereotypes and racial ones is less well defined than this suggests. A student at a university in Northern Ireland told me that her fellow students knew each other by first names only. Surnames would give away which communities they came from, and they wanted their student life to escape the community divisions (though sometimes first names were a giveaway, too). But when friendships were secure, the community membership could be revealed, presenting a rare chance for stereotypes to be compared in an atmosphere of goodwill.
20. Zara Steiner, Britain and the Origins of the First World War (London, 1977), p. 16. 21. Michael Howard, "The Edwardian Arms Race," in The Lessons of History (Oxford, 1993), pp. 81-96. 22. Anderson, Imagined Communities, chap. 8. 23. Drakulic, Balkan Express, p. 55. 24. Isaiah Berlin, "The Bent Twig," in The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas (New York, 1992), pp. 238-61. 25. David Harrison, The White Tribe of Africa (Johannesburg, 1981), p. 54. 26. Drakulic, Balkan Express, p.
15 Hobbesian fear leads to the creation of a new state for protection. Different kinds of fear and entrapment play a part in conflicts between already-existing nations. Going back again to 1914, the mutual sense of entrapment clearly played a part in bringing about World War I. "16 Sir Edward Grey, the British foreign secretary, later wrote that "armaments were intended to produce a sense of security in each nation.... "17 A similar story is found still further back. "18 Social Darwinism Sometimes the sense of entrapment in unavoidable conflict is reinforced by an unarticulated Social Darwinism.