Nationalism: Theory, Ideology, History

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Polity, Oct 25, 2010 - Political Science - 209 pages
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For the last two centuries, nationalism has been a central featureof society and politics. Few ideologies can match its power andresonance, and no other political movement and symbolic languagehas such worldwide appeal and resilience. But nationalism is also aform of public culture and political religion, which draws on mucholder cultural and symbolic forms.

Seeking to do justice to these different facets of nationalism,the second edition of this popular and respected overview has beenrevised and updated with contemporary developments and the latestscholarly work. It aims to provide a concise and accessibleintroduction to the core concepts and varieties of nationalistideology; a clear analysis of the major competing paradigms andtheories of nations and nationalism; a critical account of theoften opposed histories and periodization of the nation andnationalism; and an assessment of the prospects of nationalism andits continued global power and persistence.

Broad and comparative in scope, the book is stronglyinterdisciplinary, drawing on ideas and insights from history,political science, sociology and anthropology. The focus istheoretical, but it also includes a fresh examination of some ofthe main historical and contemporary empirical contributions to theliterature on the subject. It will continue to be an invaluableresource for students of nationalism across the socialsciences.

 

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Had to read this book for my Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict class... not sure if it is intended as a primer for newcomers to the subject, but it was an incredibly dense text. There were parts of it ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Concepts
5
Ideologies
24
Paradigms
47
Theories
66
Histories
95
Prospects
129
Notes
159
Appendix
172
References
177
Index
197
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Anthony D. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity at the London School of Economics.