In the closing decade of the 20th century, the world is marked by increasing ecological, economic and cultural interdependence. Yet the nation state remains the dominant political form. It maintains a near monopoly over the means of violence, it is the central focus of most political struggles, and its ideological force is demonstrated by the resurgence of nationalism in many areas. The breakup of the Soviet Empire has opened the door to a wave of nationalisms based on ethnicity. Reunification of Germany and the influx of ethnic Germans appears to confirm the idea of a resurgence of nationalism based on the myth of common blood.