1st Edition

When is the Nation?
Towards an Understanding of Theories of Nationalism

ISBN 9780203001509
Published November 17, 2005 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

This new collection of key authors on nationalism presents the latest thinking on this fundamental aspect of Politics, International Relations and Sociology.

John Breuilly, Walker Connor, Steven Grosby, Eric Hobsbawm, Anthony D Smith and Pierre van den Berghe comprehensively explain and address the key contemporary question in nationalism studies of  'when is the nation?' , or what point in a nation's history is it born, with authority and freshness. Our world is still deeply imbedded in the language and practice of nations and nationalism and they remain central parts in understanding human society. This comparison and contrast of the main approaches reveals their strengths and weaknesses. This new text: 

* introduces the main schools of thought with clarity and concision

* tackles the most pertinent questions in nationalism

* delivers both theoretical and empirical perspectives

* uses an innovative new interactive debate format with questions and answers

* presents key case studies bringing theory to life

The inclusion of case studies gives the reader fresh insight into specific nations and national groups, including The United States, Greece, England and Fiji. The accessible debate format puts main theories and thinkers to the test, enabling the reader to interact with the issues directly. 

This unique volume is an invaluable resource for students and scholars of nationalism, ethnicity and global conflict.


Table of Contents

Introduction Atsuko Ichijo and Gordana Uzelac  Part 1: Theoretical Issues  1. Modernism  1.1 Introduction  1.2 Dating the Nation: How Old is an Old Nation? John Breuilly  1.3 The Dawning of Nations Walker Connor 1.4 Question and Answer I  2. Primordialism  2.1 Introduction  2.2 The Primordial, Kinship and Nationality Steven Grosby  2.3 Comments on Steven Grosby Eric Hobsbawm  2.4 Question and Answer II  3. Ethno-Symbolism  3.1 Introduction  3.2 The Genealogy of Nations: An Ethno-Symbolic Approach Anthony D .Smith  3.3 Ethnies and Nations: Genealogy Indeed Pierre van den Berghe  3.4 Question and Answer III  4. General Discussion  Part 2: Case Studies  5. When was the English Nation? Krishan Kumar  6. When was the First New Nation?: Locating America in a National Context Susan-Mary Grant  7. When, What and How is the Nation: Lessons from Greece Anna Triandafyllidou  8. Nationalism and the Politics of Ethnicity in Fiji: Critical Perspectives on Primordialism, Modernism and Ethno-Symbolism Stephanie Lawson  Conclusion Gordana Uzelac and Atusko Ichijo

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Atsuko Ichijo is Research Fellow in European Studies at Kingston University, London, UK. She has recently published Scottish Nationalism and the Idea of Europe (Routledge, 2004).

Gordana Uzelac is Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology, London Metropolitan University. Her main research areas include the formation of ethnic and national identities and the process of nation-formation in Eastern Europe (especially former Yugoslavia) and western societies.


'As an introduction to a set of well-entrenched and opposing positions that have defined the field for the last decade and more, the book is pedagogically useful, and nicely enhanced by the case studies included.'

- Nations and Nationalism, Volume 12, Part 3, July 2006