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Civic Nationalisms in Global Perspective

1st Edition

Edited by Jasper M. Trautsch

Routledge

214 pages

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Recent events around the globe have cast doubt on the assumption that, as a result of increasing cross-border migrations and global interdependencies, nation-states are becoming more inclusive, ethnic forms of identification more and more a thing of the past, and processes of supranational integration progressively more acceptable. Xenophobic forms of nationalism have once again been on the rise, as became strikingly visible through the results of the Brexit referendum, the election of Donald Trump, and the inclusion of the Lega Nord in the Italian government.

It is timely, therefore, to inquire how multiethnic forms of nationalism can be re-promoted and for this purpose to re-investigate the concept of civic nationalism. This book assembles case studies that analyse the historical practices of civic or quasi-civic nationalisms from around the world. By allowing for global comparisons, the collection of articles seeks to shed new light on pressing questions faced by nation-states around the world today: Are truly civic nationalisms even possible? Which strategies have multiethnic nation-states pursued in the past to foster national sentiment? How can nation-states generate social solidarity without resorting to primordialism? Can the historical example of civic or quasi-civic nation-states offer useful lessons to contemporary nation-states for successfully integrating immigrants?

Reviews

Given the current state of a world caught between the Scylla of globalization and the Charybdis of ethno-national chauvinism, these essays' nuanced and thoughtful reengagement with the concept of civic nationalism could not be more timely. The geographical diversity of cases studied and the inclusion of differing perspectives on the prospects for civic nationalism serve as icing on the cake. I look forward to adding this title to my own graduate-course curricula!

- Aviel Roshwald, Georgetown University

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Acknowledgements

Introduction: A Global Approach to Civic Nationalism

JASPER M. TRAUTSCH

  1. Power and Weakness of Civic Nationalism in Switzerland, 1848-2014
  2. REGULA ARGAST

  3. Squaring the South Slavic Circle: Ethnicity, Nationhood, and Citizenship in Yugoslavia
  4. ANDREW WACHTEL AND IGOR ŠTIKS

  5. Civic Constitutional Nationalism in Egypt: Revisiting Egypt’s Liberal Experiment, 1907-1952
  6. ISRAEL GERSHONI

  7. Building the Swahili Nation: Civic Nationalism in Tanzania
  8. GREGORY H. MADDOX

  9. Ethno-Nationalism Travels Incognito in Singapore
  10. MICHAEL D. BARR

  11. National Ties Entwined: Civic and Ethnic Elements in New Zealand Identity
  12. DAVID PEARSON

  13. Unusual, often Implicit, yet Surprisingly Effective: Civic Nationalism in Brazil
  14. RODERICK J. BARMAN

  15. Homogenizing and Demarcating America: Civic Nationalism in the United States, 1774-1861

JASPER M. TRAUTSCH

Conclusion: The Current Crisis of Civic Democracy 205

RONALD BEINER

About the Editor

Jasper M. Trautsch is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS009000
HISTORY / Middle East / Egypt (see also Ancient / Egypt)
HIS010010
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern
HIS010020
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HIS036040
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
HIS036060
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HIS037000
HISTORY / World