Nations Before Nationalism

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UNC Press Books, Mar 1, 2017 - Religion - 447 pages
In search of an explanation of how a sense of ethnic identity evolves to create the concept of nation, Armstrong analyzes Islamic and Christian cultures from antiquity to the nineteenth century. He explores the effects of institutions--the city, imperial polity, bureaucratic imperatives of centralization, and language divisions--on the development of ethnicity. Political science furnishes the focus, anthropology and sociology provide the conceptual framework, and history affords the evidence.

Originally published 1982.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Chronology
CHAPTER
Nostalgia
Nomadic Nonterritorial Identity
CHAPTER THREE
A Frontier of Conflicting Myths
CHAPTER FOUR
Revival of the Imperial Ideal
From Imperial Administration to Precocious Nationalism
Summary and Conclusions
The Rift between Eastern and Western Churches
Reformation and Ethnicity
The GermanicRomance Case
The Slavic Case
Toward a Typology of Emerging Nations

Urbanism in the Shatter Zone
CHAPTER FIVE
The Eastern Accommodation
Bibliography
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