Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity

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Harvard University Press, 1992 - History - 581 pages
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Nationalism is a movement and a state of mind that brings together national identity, consciousness, and collectivities. It accomplished the great transformation from the old order to modernity; it placed imagination above production, distribution, and exchange; and it altered the nature of power over people and territories that shapes and directs the social and political world. A five-country study that spans five hundred years, this historically oriented work in sociology bids well to replace all previous works on the subject. The theme, simple yet complex, suggests that England was the front-runner, with its earliest sense of self-conscious nationalism and its pragmatic ways; it utilized existing institutions while transforming itself. The Americans followed, with no formed institutions to impede them. France, Germany, and Russia took the same, now marked, path, modifying nationalism in the process.

Nationalism is based on empirical data in four languages--legal documents; period dictionaries; memoirs; correspondence; literary works; theological, political, and philosophical writings; biographies; statistics; and histories. Nowhere else is the complex interaction of structural, cultural, and psychological factors so thoroughly explained. Nowhere else are concepts like identity, anomie, and elites brought so refreshingly to life.

  

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Contents

England
27
and the Protestant Reformation
44
A Land of Experimental Knowledge
78
The Three Identities of France
89
The Social Bases of the Nationalization of French Identity
133
Russia
189
of Russian Nationalism
250
Germany
275
The Materialization of the Spirit
352
The Unfolding
397
America as a New England
403
The Separation
411
A Union Begun by Necessity
422
The Persisting Threat of Secession
431
Inconsistencies and Tensions
449
The Trial and Completion of American Nationality
472

Century
287
The Dangerous Class
293
The Preparation of the Mold
310
Notes
493
Index
571
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Banal Nationalism
Michael Billig
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Gender and Nation
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About the author (1992)

Liah Greenfeld is University Professor and Professor of Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology at Boston University.

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