Nations and Nationalism Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 29, 1992 - History - 206 pages
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Eric Hobsbawm's brilliant enquiry into the question of nationalism won further acclaim for his 'colossal stature ... his incontrovertible excellence as an historian, and his authoritative and highly readable prose'. Recent events in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics have since reinforced the central importance of nationalism in the history of political evolution and upheaval. This second edition has been updated in the light of those events, with a final chapter addressing the impact of the dramatic changes that have taken place. It also includes additional maps to illustrate nationalities, languages and political divisions across Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
 

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User Review  - FPdC - LibraryThing

This is a great study about the nature and history of the concepts of nation and nationalism since the French Revolution. The difficulty (or even the impossibility) of giving a definition encompassing ... Read full review

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E.J. Hobsbawm's Nations and Nationalism since 1780 is a captivating look at the theory behind what really makes a nation. It strives to answer how we create our nations, what identity we find within ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
The nation as novelty from revolution to liberalism
14
Popular protonationalism
46
The government perspective
80
The transformation of nationalism 18701918
101
The apogee of nationalism 19181950
131
Nationalism in the late twentieth century
163
Maps
193
Index
199
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ERIC J. HOBSBAWM is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Social History, Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Industry and Empire and The Age of Extremes, among other books.

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