Nationalisms : The Nation-State and Nationalism in the Twentieth Century

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This is a comprehensive and accessible account of the nature of nationalism, which has re--emerged as one of the fundamental forces shaping world society today.
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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745614027
  • 9780745614021
  • 1,119,722

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Nationalism has re-emerged as one of the fundamental forces shapingworld society today. But how do current forms of nationalism relateto nationalistic currents which developed in earlier phases ofmodern history? What distinctive types of nationalist sentiment andpractice can be distinguished? How should we explain the enduringappeal of nationalism? In answering these and other questions, Guibernau offers a novel and forceful account of the nature ofmodern nationalism.

Nationalism was for a long while a neglected topic within thesocial sciences. This book examines why the classical socialtheorists gave so little attention to nationalism, as well asconsidering the main theories of nationalism which have beendeveloped in the current century. The author analyses the politicalcharacter of nationalism and its connections to the nation-state.Distinctive features of the work, however, are its emphases uponnationalism as a source of identity, the impact of globalizationupon nationalist movements today and the role of "nations withoutstates."

The volume is addressed to a wide range of readers in the field ofsocial and political sciences. It will be of particular interest toundergraduates and others working in the areas of sociology, international relations and political science.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Nationalism in Classical Social Theory. 2. The Political Character of Nationalism. 3. National Identity. 4. Nationalism, Racism and Fascism. 5. Nations without a State. 6. States without a Nation. 7. Globalization, Modernity and National Identity. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
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"This is a very significant contribution to the literature on nationalism, which though now is rapidly growing, still has not done full justice to this important social phenomenon. The book is marked by very thorough, perceptive and relevant discussion of the previous treatments in social theory (within various disciplines), or the failures to treat it adequately. It is well written and a pleasure to read. I would expect it to have a very great appeal." Ernest Gellner, Central European University, Prague "Valuable insights." Journal of International Affairs "A series of useful discussions on the politics of nationalism, national identity, the relation between nation and state, and the impact of globalization on national identity. There is much that is commendable in this work [and] there is much to be learnt from her theoretical overview." Democratization "Montserrat Guibernaua s book will be immensely useful to teachers and students." Patterns of Prejudice
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About Montserrat Guibernau

Montserrat Guibernau is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick.
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