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Nationalism (Oxford Readers)


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Achieving prevalence as an ideology in the political and social ferment of late 18th-century Europe and America, nationalism first found expression during the course of such historical upheavals as the American and French Revolutions. Its founders and early sponsors--Rousseau, Herder, Fichte, Korais, and Mazzini--looked to nationalism as the manifestation of modern humanity's most essential aspirations: autonomy, unity, identity. Born of notions regarding popular freedom and sovereignty that had been gathering momentum for generations, it conjured up images of a modernizing West at once hungry for change and yearning for a return to age-old concepts of fraternity and ancient heritage. Since that time nationalism, having taken on countless different dimensions, remains a vital and dynamic force for change--whether for good or otherwise.

Despite only recently becoming the subject of scholarly debate, nationalism has been the focus of a truly prodigious amount of writing. This important Oxford Reader makes the topic more accessible by offering a broad, authoritative treatment of the key contributions to the subject, while giving unprecedented depth to recent debates and issues. Edited by two of the field's most influential scholars, the readings are representative of the vast array of experience and scholarship that have shaped the concept of nationalism for over two centuries. From Ernest Renan's What is a Nation?, written in the 1880s, to the more current views of the 1990s, Nationalism gathers under one cover an impressive array of writing on everything from imagined communities to ethno-regional movements. In no other volume will students of politics, history, sociology, anthropology, international relations, and cultural studies have access to such a definitive appraisal of one of the modern world's most influential--and explosive--ideas.


Nationalism is one of the most powerful forces in the modern world, yet its study has only recently gained popularity. This reader gives historical depth to the recent debates on nationalism and traces the development of thought on nationalism across a range of issues.

About the Author

Anthony Smith is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. John Hutchinson is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities at Griffith University, Brisbane.

Table of Contents


I. The Question of Definition


1. Ernest Renan, Qu'est-ce qu'une nation?

2. Joseph Stalin, The Nation

3. Max Weber, The Nation

4. Karl W. Deutsch, Nationalism and Social Communication

5. Clifford Geertz, Primordial and Civic Ties

6. Anthony Giddens, The Nation as Power-Container

7. Walker Connor, A Nation is a Nation, is a State, is an Ethnic Group, is a...

II. Theories of Nationalism


8. Elie Kedourie, Nationalism and Self-Determination

9. Ernest Gellner, Nationalism and Modernization

10. Ernest Gellner, Nationalism and High Cultures

11. Tom Nairn, The Maladies of Development

12. Eric Hobsbawm, The Nation as Invented Tradition

13. Paul R. Brass, Elite Competition and Nation-Formation

14. Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities

15. Pierre Van Den Berghe, A Socio-Biological Perspective

16. John Breuilly, The Sources of Nationalist Ideology

17. Anthony D. Smith, The Crisis of Dual Legitimation

18. John Hutchinson, Cultural Nationalism and Moral Regeneration

III. The Rise of Nations


19. Hugh Seton-Watson, Old and New Nations

20. Susan Reynolds, Regnal Sentiments and Medieval Communities

21. John Armstrong, Nations before Nationalism

22. Anthony D. Smith, The Origins of Nations

23. Walker Connor, When is a Nation?

VI. Nationalism In Europe


24. Hans Kohn, Western and Eastern Nationalisms

25. Liah Greenfeld, Types of European Nationalism

26. Peter Sugar, Nationalism in Eastern Europe

27. Eric Hobsbawm, The Rise of Ethno-Linguistic Nationalisms

28. Michael Hechter and Margaret Levi, Ethno-Regional Movements in the West

V. Nationalism outside Europe


29. Benedict Anderson, Creole Pioneers of Nationalism

30. Elie Kedourie, Dark Gods and their Rites

31. Partha Chatterjee, National History and its Exclusions

32. Francis Robinson, Islam and Nationalism

33. Mary Matossian, Ideologies of Delayed Development

34. Crawford Young, The Colonial Construction of African Nations

35. Benyamin Neurberger, State and Nation in African Thought

36. Harry Johnson, Economic Nationalism in New States

VI. Nationalism and the International System


37. Edward H. Carr, Three Phases of Nationalism

38. Alfred Cobban, The Rise of the Nation-State System

39. Charles Tilly, Europe and the International State System

40. Michael Howard, War and Nations

41. Arend Lijphart, Ethnic Conflict in the West

42. Donald Horowitz, The Logic of Secessions

43. James Mayall, Irredentist and Secessionist Challenges

44. John Armstrong, Towards a Post-Communist World

VII. Beyond Nationalism?


45. Anthony H. Richmond, Ethnic Nationalism and Post-Industrialism

46. William H. McNeill, Reasserting the Polyethnic Norm

47. Homi Bhabha, Narrating the Nation

48. Floya Anthias and Nira Yuval-Davis, Women and the Nation-State

49. Philip Schlesinger, Europeanness: A New Cultural Battlefield?


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Smith, Anthony
Hutchinson, John
Smith, Anthony
Hutchinson, John
Smith, Anthony
Hutchinson, John
null, John
null, Anthony
Oxford University Press, USA
Oxford ;
Sociology - General
Politics | Political Theory
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Includes bibliography p. 357-368 and index.
Oxford Readers
Series Volume:
III, 1-14
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5 line illus.
9.24x6.22x.79 in. 1.29 lbs.

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