Nationalism

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Polity, Oct 25, 2010 - Political Science - 200 pages
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For the last two centuries, nationalism has been a central feature of society and politics. Few ideologies can match its power and resonance, and no other political movement and symbolic language has such worldwide appeal and resilience. But nationalism is also a form of public culture and political religion, which draws on much older cultural and symbolic forms.

Seeking to do justice to these different facets of nationalism, the second edition of this popular and respected overview has been revised and updated with contemporary developments and the latest scholarly work. It aims to provide a concise and accessible introduction to the core concepts and varieties of nationalist ideology; a clear analysis of the major competing paradigms and theories of nations and nationalism; a critical account of the often opposed histories and periodization of the nation and nationalism; and an assessment of the prospects of nationalism and its continued global power and persistence.

Broad and comparative in scope, the book is strongly interdisciplinary, drawing on ideas and insights from history, political science, sociology and anthropology. The focus is theoretical, but it also includes a fresh examination of some of the main historical and contemporary empirical contributions to the literature on the subject. It will continue to be an invaluable resource for students of nationalism across the social sciences.

  

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Review: Nationalism: Theory, Ideology, History

User Review  - Frits Brouwer - Goodreads

Not bad, but could have been a tad more structured. Read full review

Review: Nationalism: Theory, Idealogy, History (Polity Key Concepts in the Social Sciences series)

User Review  - Tank Green - Goodreads

JZ Smith: map is not territory. AD Smith: territory is not map..? all in, aside from some small gripes, this seems to be a pretty good primer in the major themes in the study of nationalism. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Concepts
5
Ideologies
24
Paradigms
47
Theories
66
Histories
95
Prospects
129
Notes
159
Appendix
172
References
177
Index
197
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Anthony D. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity at the London School of Economics.