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Imagined Communities : Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

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What are the imagined communities that compel men to kill or to die for an idea of a nation? This notion of nationhood had its origins in the founding of the Americas, but was then adopted and transformed by populist movements in nineteenth-century Europe. It became the rallying cry for anti-Imperialism as well as the abiding explanation for colonialism. In this scintillating, groundbreaking work of intellectual history Anderson explores how ideas are formed and reformulated at every level, from high politics to popular culture, and the way that they can make people do extraordinary things. In the twenty-first century, these debates on the nature of the nation state are even more urgent. As new nations rise, vying for influence, and old empires decline, we must understand who we are as a community in the face of history, and change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 20mm | 261g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 1784786756
  • 9781784786755
  • 9,275

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"One of the greatest ... deserves still to be central to our thinking about the world."
-T. J. Clark, London Review of Books

"Anderson's work stands as an inspiration not only to his students, his readers, and all those whose lives have been affected by his work, but also to all those who reject the false choice between politics and scholar¬ship, and who seek to live accordingly."
-Nation

"Anderson transformed the study of nationalism ... and was renowned not only for his theoretical contributions but also for his detailed examinations of language and power in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines."
-New York Times

"Far and away the most influential study of nationalism ... As well-versed in novels and poetry as he was in scholarship, Anderson was an eloquent advocate for global culture."
-Jeet Heer, New Republic

"Everything Anderson wrote was boldly original ... He was never content to tell an audience what they wanted to hear."
-Anthony Reid, Guardian

"This is a book to be owned and read, re-read, and treasured."
-Academic Library Book Review

"Anderson's knowledge of a vast range of relevant historical literature is most impressive; his presentation of the gist of it is both masterly and lucid."
-Edmund Leach, New Statesman

"Everything Anderson wrote was boldly original ... He was never content to tell an audience what they wanted to hear."
-Anthony Reid, Guardian

"A brilliant little book."
-Neal Ascherson, Observer

"Sparkling, readable, densely packed."
-Peter Worsley, Guardian
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"[S]parkling, readable, densely packed." - Peter Worsley, The Guardian "[A] brilliant little book." - Neal Ascherson, The Observer "Anderson's knowlege of a vast range of relevant historical literature is most impressive; his presentation of the gist of it is both masterly and lucid." - Edmund Leach, The New Statesman
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About Benedict Anderson

Benedict Anderson was Aaron L. Binenkorp Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Cornell University. He was Editor of the journal Indonesia and author of numerous books including A Life Beyond Boundaries, Java in a Time of Revolution, The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World and The Age of Globalization: Anarchists and the Anticolonial Imagination.
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