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Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism


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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction. — Cultural roots. — The origins of national consciousness. — Creole pioneers. — Old languages, new models. --- Official nationalism and imperialism. — The last wave. — Patriotism and racism. — The angel of history. — Census, map, museum. — Memory and forgetting. — Travel and traffic: on the geo-biography of Imagined communities.

Product Details

Anderson, Benedict
Political Science : Political Ideologies - General
Political Science : Political Ideologies - Nationalism
Political Science : History & Theory - General
Publication Date:
November 2006

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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