Power and the Nation in European History

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Len Scales, Oliver Zimmer
Cambridge University Press, Jun 9, 2005 - History
Few would doubt the central importance of the nation in the making and unmaking of modern political communities. The long history of 'the nation' as a concept and as a name for various sorts of 'imagined community' likewise commands such acceptance. But when did the nation first become a fundamental political factor? This is a question which has been, and continues to be, far more sharply contested. A deep rift still separates 'modernist' perspectives, which view the political nation as a phenomenon limited to modern, industrialised societies, from the views of scholars concerned with the pre-industrial world who insist, often vehemently, that nations were central to pre-modern political life also. This book engages with these questions by drawing on the expertise of leading medieval, early modern and modern historians.
 

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Contents

Were there nations in Antiquity?
33
The idea of the nation as a political community
65
the early English experience
105
s The historiography of the AngloSaxon nationstate
125
being English in medieval Ireland
142
an underStated nation?
166
The state and Russian national identity
195
identity regionality and
232
The nation in the age of revolution
248
Enemies of the Nation? Nobles foreigners and the constitution
275
Nation nations and power in Italy c 17001915
295
Political institutions and nationhood in Germany 17501914
315
Nation nationalism and power in Switzerland c 17601900
333
Britain c 1800C 1914
354
Index
370
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About the author (2005)

Len Scales is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Durham. He has written articles for various journals such as Past and Present and the Journal of Contemporary History.

Oliver Zimmer was educated at the University of Zurich (Lic. Phil. I) and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD), and he began his academic career at the University of Durham in 1999. In 2005 he took up a University Lectureship (CUF) at the University of Oxford. Previous publications include A Contested Nation: History, Memory and Nationalism in Switzerland 1761–1891 (Cambridge, 2003) and Nationalism in Europe, 1890–1940 (2003).

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