Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
The definitive, bestselling book on the origins of nationalism, and the processes that have shaped it.
Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson’s brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983. Since then it has sold over a quarter of a million copies and is widely considered the most important book on the subject. In this greatly anticipated revised edition, Anderson updates and elaborates on the core question: what makes people live and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name?
Anderson examines the creation and global spread of the ‘imagined communities’ of nationality, and explores the processes that created these communities: the territorialization of religious faiths, the decline of antique kinship, the interaction between capitalism and print, the development of secular languages-of-state, and changing conceptions of time and space. He shows how an originary nationalism born in the Americas was adopted by popular movements in Europe, by imperialist powers, and by the movements of anti-imperialist resistance in Asia and Africa.
In a new afterword, Anderson examines the extraordinary influence of Imagined Communities, and the book's international publication and reception, from the end of the Cold War era to the present day.
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Review: Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of NationalismUser Review - Justin Dell - Goodreads
This is an interesting, teleological primer on the history of the development of nationalism. It does not make for light reading though, as Anderson has a very abstruse writing style. Read full review
Review: Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of NationalismUser Review - H - Goodreads
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. Verso: New York, 1991. Theorists of nationalism have often been perplexed, not to say irritated, by these three paradoxes: (1) The objective modernity of ... Read full review
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