Mia C. Posted about 4 years ago The difference between civilizations and nationality?Do you think civilizations produce nationality or nationality produce civilizality? I think the question is basically a "Which-comes-first-chicken-or-egg" metaphor. Which comes first, a nation, or the the ethnic groups that compose it? His follow-up: Generally the western world has continually merged multi-ethnic civilizations into one country or nation-state. Why then is Europe, the birthplace of modern civilization, the stage of ethnic slaughter/destruction?