I'm trying to find some information on how the very first country came into being. I'm not sure what keywords I should start with. I've tried synonyms like state and nation as well, but none of them works. From my vague memory, I guess this topic is related to history and sociology, but I don't know the correct English wording for it.

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  • Are you looking for the etymology of country in English, or are you looking for the origins of nationalism? The latter is probably off topic here. – Bradd Szonye Nov 5 '13 at 1:39
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    @BraddSzonye I want to search the latter on Google, but I'm not sure what keywords to use. For example, what is the right term, country, nation, or state? What other keywords should I use? Should I use the word origin here or should I use something like come into being or come into existence? – Terry Li Nov 5 '13 at 1:49
  • I'd recommend starting here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationalism – or here: History StackExchange. – Bradd Szonye Nov 5 '13 at 1:52
  • Did you actually try the search phrase "first country"? It seems to me you need a specific definition of what you mean by country to get your answer, but if you're interested in the first country, your definition must be simple. You should study anthropology or ask some anthropology experts. – Canis Lupus Nov 5 '13 at 4:25
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    This question appears to be about the best way to code a Google search, not really a question about the English language. – MetaEd Nov 5 '13 at 5:31

I believe that you should look into the first government. This should lead to the discovery of the first nation or country, because they need governments. This should probably go into the history StackExchange site, though.

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