The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origins of Europe
Modern-day Europeans by the millions proudly trace back their national identities to the Celts, Franks, Gauls, Goths, Huns, or Serbs--or some combination of the various peoples who inhabited, traversed, or pillaged their continent more than a thousand years ago. According to Patrick Geary, this is historical nonsense. The idea that national character is fixed for all time in a simpler, distant past is groundless, he argues in this unflinching reconsideration of European nationhood. Few of the peoples that many Europeans honor as sharing their sense of ''nation'' had comparably homogeneous identities; even the Huns, he points out, were firmly united only under Attila's ten-year reign.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
An essay dealing with the problems that arise when attempts to discover the origins of the modern national European States become too identified with the "Barbarian Warbands" that collapsed the Roman structure in Western Europe. There is a lesson here for us all. Read full review
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The Myth of Nations presents an interesting premise: that historical nations are not the descendants of the peoples of the classical era (as they would almost all like to claim) but rather are ... Read full review