Nations and Capital
The Missing Link in Global Expansion
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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
PART ONE: NATIONS AS NATIONALISM
How to Define the Self-Defined?
The Pre-History of the Word
'Natio' in Latin
'Nation' in English
'Nation' in French
'Nation' in German
The Emergence of the Discourse
Givens and Adaptables
Mobilisation Around the Concept
The Ideal of Permanence, the Reality of Randomness
Boundaries and Borders
The Discourse vs. Social Phenomenon
Mobility and Mobilisation
Reactive or Active?
Liberal or Illiberal?
PART TWO: NO CAPITALISM WITHOUT NATIONALISM
Embedded and Dislodged
The State in Capitalism
The Nation-State as a Geopolitical Device
Anti-Systemic or Pro-Systemic?
Nations and Nationalism in the 21st Century
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).