Chosen Peoples: Sacred Sources of National Identity / Edition 1

Chosen Peoples: Sacred Sources of National Identity / Edition 1

by Anthony D. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192100173

ISBN-13: 9780192100177

Pub. Date: 01/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

'Unto thy seed I have given this land.' From the moment of God's covenant with Abraham in the Old Testament, the idea that a people are chosen by God has had a central role in shaping national identity.
Chosen Peoples argues powerfully that sacred belief remains central to national identity, even in an increasingly secular, globalized modern world. In this

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'Unto thy seed I have given this land.' From the moment of God's covenant with Abraham in the Old Testament, the idea that a people are chosen by God has had a central role in shaping national identity.
Chosen Peoples argues powerfully that sacred belief remains central to national identity, even in an increasingly secular, globalized modern world. In this important new study, Anthony D. Smith goes in search of the deep Judeo-Christian roots of the many manifestations of national identity.
This rich and timely contribution to current debates about nationalism explains the complex historical reasons behind often violent modern conflicts around issues of land, culture, religion, and politics. Tracing the development of individual nations over many centuries, it offers fascinating insights into the religious and cultural foundations of countries such as Great Britain, the United States, Israel, France, and Germany. The argument draws on a wide range of examples from historic landscapes in Ireland, Switzerland and Egypt, myths of Arthurian Britain, Holy Russia, and Byzantium, through memories of a 'Golden Age', to the modern commemoration of the 'Glorious Dead', and of victims of war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192100177
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
903,133
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Nationalism and Religion
2. The Nation as a Sacred Communion
3. Election and Covenant
4. Peoples of the Covenant
5. Missionary Peoples
6. Sacred Homelands
7. Ethno history and the Golden Age
8. Nationalism and Golden Ages
9. The Glorious Dead
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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