This volume considers recent studies that move beyond primordialism and its antithesis, social constructivism, to search for new insights to illuminate the nature of nationalism and its link to war. The authors also explore the role of shared interests, the history of peoples, elites and states, political imperatives, propaganda, and psychological predispositions. This combination provides a brillant, new look at nationalism and war-one that delves deeply into ethnic identity and the willingness of people to fight and die for nation-states.
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Chapter 1 New Perspectives on Nationalism and War, John L. Comaroff, Paul C. Stern; Chapter 2 Self-Interest, Group Identification, Russell Hardin; Chapter 3 Social-Psychological Aspects of Nationalism, Daniel Drucktnan ; Chapter 4 Why do People Sacrifice for Their Nations?, Paul C. Stern; Chapter 5 Rational Nationalism: The Passionate Rationality of Rational Choice, Fernando Coronil; Chapter 6 Nationalism, the Mass Army, and Military Power, Barry R. Posen; Chapter 7 States and Nationalism in Europe 1492–1992, Charles Tilly; Chapter 8 Nationalism and Modernity: A Methodological Appraisal, Edward A. Tiryakian; Chapter 9 Comments on Edward Tiryakian's Paper, Vincente L. Rafael; Chapter 10 Ethnicity Nationalism and the Politics of Difference in an Age of Revolution, John L. Comaroff;