The first major study in over three decades to explore the essential arguments of all the major theoretical interpretations of nationalism, from the modernist approaches of Gellner, Nairn, Breuilly, Giddens and Hobsbawm to the alternative paradigms of van den Bergh and Geertz, Armstrong and Smith himself.
In a style accessible to the student and the general reader Smith traces the changing view of this hotly discussed topic within the current political, cultural and socioeconomic arena. He also analyses the contributions of such historians, sociologists and political scientists as Seton-Watson, Reynolds, Hastings, Horowitz and Brass. The survey concludes with an analysis of post-modern approaches to national identity, gender and nation, making it indispensable reading to all those interested in gaining full and authoritative knowledge of nationalism.
Table of Contents
Preface, Introduction: The modernist paradigm, 1. The rise of classical modernism, PART I - Varieties of modernism, 2. The culture of industrialism, 3. Capitalism and nationalism, 4. State and nation, 5. Political messianism, 6. Invention and imagination, PART II - Critics and alternatives, 7. Primordialism and perennialism, 8. Ethno-symbolism, 9. Beyond modernism?, Conclusion: problems, paradigms and prospects, Notes, Bibliography, Index
Anthony D. Smith is Professor of Ethnicity and Nationalism in the European Institute at the London School of Economics. He is the celebrated author of Theories of Nationalism (1971, 1983), The Ethnic Origins of Nations (1986), National Identity (1991) and Nations and Nationalism in a Global Era (1995)
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