Nationalism : Theory, Ideology, History

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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 symbolic language has such worldwide appeal and resilience. However, nationalism is more than an ideological movement - it is also a form of public culture which draws on much older cultural and symbolic forms. This book provides a concise, accessible introduction to the concept of nationalism. It focuses on competing paradigms and theories of nations and nationalism, and analyses the subject in terms of ideology, theory and history. The approach is broadly comparative and interdisciplinary, with concrete examples and a time-scale stretching from the ancient world to the contemporary global age. The book concludes with an assessment of the prospects of nationalism and of the transcendence of nations and nation states. Anthony Smith's book will appeal to all those interested in this dynamic subject, including students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, history, politics and international relations.
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745626599
  • 9780745626598
  • 700,311

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. 1. Concepts. 2. Ideologies. 3. Paradigms. 4. Theories. 5. Histories. 6. Prospects. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
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"The most brilliant summary of 'modernization theory' available." Times Literary Supplement "Smith's Nationalism will prove to be an excellent introduction for students of nationality; but, once again, it is gratifyingly more than that" Steven Grosby, Ethnic and Racial Studies "A clearly organized, eminently useful introduction." Journal of Peace Research
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About Professor Anthony D. Smith

Anthony Smith is Professor of Ethnicity and Nationalism at the European Institute, LSE.
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