Nations and Nationalism

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Cornell University Press, 2008 - History - 152 pages
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From reviews of the first edition:

"Brilliant, provocative . . . a great book."—New Statesman

"An important book . . . It is a new starting line from which all subsequent discussions of nationalism will have to begin."—New Society

"A better explanation than anyone has yet offered of why nationalism is such a prominent principle of political legitimacy today. This is a terse and forceful work . . . the product of great intellectual energy and an impressive range of knowledge."—Times Literary Supplement

"Periodically, an important book emerges that makes us, through the uniqueness of its theory, perceive history as we have not seen it before. Ernest Gellner has written such a volume. Students of nationalism will have to come to grips with his interpretation of the causes for the emergence of nationalism, since he has declared that most of the previous explanations are largely mythical."—American Historical Review

First published in 1983, Nations and Nationalism remains one of the most influential explanations of the emergence of nationalism ever written. This updated edition of Ernest Gellner's now-canonical work includes a new introductory essay from John Breuilly, tracing the way the field has evolved over the past two decades, and a bibliography of important work on nationalism since 1983.

  

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Gellner gets quite a bit right about the invention of nationalism-- especially how the practices of high culture become masked as ancient and inviolable folk tradition-- but he also gets quite a bit ... Read full review

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Just finished this Seminal work presenting a theory of Nationalsim. Read full review

Contents

About the Authors
vii
Introduction John Breuilly
xiii
Definitions
1
Culture in Agrarian Society
8
Industrial Society
19
The Transition to an Age of Nationalism
38
What is a Nation?
52
Social Entropy and Equality in Industrial Society
62
A Typology of Nationalisms
85
The Future of Nationalism
106
Nationalism and Ideology
118
Conclusion
131
Select Bibliography
137
Index
148
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Ernest Gellner taught at the LSE from 1949 until 1984, when he became William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. At the end of his life, in 1995, he was Director of the Centre for the Study of Nationalism, part of the Central European University. A full bibliography of his many publications can be found in this book. John Breuilly is Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Book publications include Austria, Prussia and Germany 1806-1871 (2002), Nationalismus and moderner Staat. Deutschland and Europa (1999), The Formation of the First German Nation-State, 1800-1871 (1996), and Nationalism and the State (second edition, 1993).

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