- Alternative meaning: Fatherland (novel).
Fatherland is the nation of one's "fathers" or "forefathers." It can be viewed as a nationalist concept, insofar as it relates to nations. (Compare to motherland and homeland.)
Groups that refer to their native country as a "fatherland" (or rather, cognates of this English word in their languages), or, arguably, associate it primarily with paternal concepts include:
Note for German, however, that "das" is grammatically neuter; das Vaterland is "the land of my father," not "the land that is my father." Die Heimat (the homeland) is grammatically feminine. Vaterland has been used since the 12th century with the meaning "native country". An adjective vaterländisch is used since the 18th century, meaning something like patriotic or nationalistic. Mutterland (motherland) means a mother country in contrast to its colonies; a calque on "metropolis".
See also: national anthem
External links and references
- Nationalism and Ethnicity - A Theoretical Overview (http://www.caucasus.dk/chapter2.htm#_Toc448816639)
- The problem of German identity... (http://www.pganuszko.freeuk.com/dissertation/begin.htm)
- Nation, State, and Economy: The Nationality Principle in Politics: Liberal or Pacifistic Nationalism, Ludwig von Mises (http://www.mises.org/nsande/pt1iich1.asp)
- National anthems (http://www.friesian.com/history/anthems.htm) ("Allons enfants de la Patrie", "Blühe, deutsches Vaterland")
- Origins of the German State, Robert Selig, German Life (http://www.germanlife.com/Archives/1998/9808_02.html)