Who Do We Think We are?

Who Do We Think We are? : Race and Nation in the Modern World

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This text offers a provocative explanation of the force and place of race in modern history, showing that race and nation have a linked history. The author seeks to show the close historical connection of race and nation as each interrelates with the other in shaping and carrying social and institutional practices over many centuries.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 160.8 x 234.7 x 27.2mm | 547.41g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0765603918
  • 9780765603913

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"Who do We Think We Are? makes a brief foray into ancient cultures to show that they lacked any idea of 'race' in the world's modern sense, and then goes on to show that 'racial difference' is a politically useful fiction that has spread, since 1500, along with the equally novel idea of nationalism".-- Publishers Weeklyshow more

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In this timely and well-argued book, author Philip Nicholson offers a provocative explanation of the force and place of race in modern history, showing that race and nation have a linked history. Using the deliberately ironic metaphor of the double helix, the author shows the close historical connection of race and nation as each interrelates with the other in shaping and carrying social and institutional practices over many centuries.Five themes recur throughout the work: modernity is built on the twin pillars of race and nation; national instability, rivalry, and imperial conquest -- outside of dynastic, religious, or feudal disputes -- evoke differential (i.e., racial) human social categories, loyalties, and mythologies; racial vilification emerges out of material and cultural expropriation; racial degradation is typically the inverse projection of dominant national normative values, beliefs, or ideals; andrace and nation share in the twists and turns of modern history and are inseparably linked and interdependent.show more

Table of contents

No nations, no races - pre-modern formations of authority and cultural identity, to 1500; the European discovery of race and nation, 1500-1650; the colours of gold - mercantile empires, great nations, reason and racism, 1650-1800; to the ends of the Earth - racism and nationalism rampant, 1800-1917; no holds barred - race and nation, 1918-1945; Cold War watershed, 1946-1990; epilogue - dusk and dawn, 1991-2000.show more

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