- Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:32 pm
"Nation building" is actually mentioned in the first sentence of the last paragraph: "for all their distrust of U.S. nationalism, most early black historians were themselves engaged in a sort of nation building." In that paragraph, the author goes on to say that "one might argue that black historians’ internationalism was a manifestation of a kind of nationalism that posits a diasporic community, which, while lacking a sovereign territory or official language, possesses a single culture, however mythical, with singular historical roots." Since these historians were engaged in nation building, while lacking a sovereign territory, it's reasonable to infer the author would agree that territorial sovereignty is not a prerequisite for nation building.
Does that help? Hopefully so!