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February 16, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

Nations and Capital: The Missing Link in Global Expansion is a groundbreaking analysis of the ultimate reasons for the emergence of nations and nationalism, as a socio-political and geopolitical instrument in the global expansion of capitalism.

The author provides the missing link in the relationship between nationalism and capitalism and offers a comprehensive critique of classical theories of nationalism, well illustrated by historical examples. He develops an original theory of nations and nationalism, relying on the assumption that the incessant widening of the gap between the capitalist elites and the labouring masses inevitably makes the endless accumulation of capital socially unsustainable. Bridging that gap without changing the structure of society becomes the paramount task for the system, which has to introduce nationalism as a social glue tailored to conceal, but also to cement, the actual polarisation of society.

This book will be of great interest to advanced undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and researchers in political science, sociology, history, international relations, security studies, social and political theory, and nationalism studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART ONE: NATIONS AS NATIONALISM

Chapter I

How to Define the Self-Defined?

Chapter II

Take-It-For-Granted

The Pre-History of the Word

'Natio' in Latin

'Nation' in English

'Nation' in French

'Nation' in German

The Emergence of the Discourse

Chapter III

Givens and Adaptables

Homogenisation

Mobilisation Around the Concept

Chapter IV

The Ideal of Permanence, the Reality of Randomness

Boundaries and Borders

The Discourse vs. Social Phenomenon

Mobility and Mobilisation

Chapter V

Reactive or Active?

Liberal or Illiberal?

PART TWO: NO CAPITALISM WITHOUT NATIONALISM

Chapter VI

Why Capitalism?

Embedded and Dislodged

Chapter VII

The State in Capitalism

The Nation-State as a Geopolitical Device

Chapter VIII

Anti-Systemic or Pro-Systemic?

Chapter IX

Nations and Nationalism in the 21st Century

Nationalism Reinvented

Conclusion

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Biography

Zlatko Hadžidedić is the Director at the Center for Nationalism Studies in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (www.nationalismstudies.org). He is the author of Forced to be Free: The Paradoxes of Liberalism and Nationalism (2013).