Nationalisms : The Nation State and Nationalism in the 20th Century

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Nationalism has re-emerged as one of the fundamental forces shaping world society today. But how do current forms of nationalism relate to nationalistic currents which developed in earlier phases of modern history? What distinctive types of nationalist sentiment and practice can be distinguished? How should we explain the enduring appeal of nationalism? In answering these and other questions, this book offers an account of the nature of modern nationalism. Nationalism was for a long while a neglected topic within the social sciences. This book examines why the classical social theorists gave so little attention to nationalism, as well as considering the main theories of nationalism which have been developed in the current century. The author analyzes the political character of nationalism and its connections to the nation-state. Distinctive features of the work, however, are its emphases upon nationalism as a source of identity, the impact of globalization upon nationalist movements today and the role of "nations without states".
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0745614019
  • 9780745614014

Table of contents

Nationalism in classical social theory; the political character of nationalism; national identity; nationalism, racism and fascism; nations without a state; states without a nation; globalization, modernity and national identity.
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