Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany / Edition 1

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The difference between French and German definitions of citizenship is instructive--and, for millions of immigrants from North Africa, Turkey, and Eastern Europe, decisive. Rogers Brubaker shows how this difference--between the territorial basis of the French citizenry and the German emphasis on blood descent--was shaped and sustained by sharply differing understandings of nationhood, rooted in distinctive French and German paths to nation-statehood.
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Editorial Reviews

New Republic - Michael Ignatieff
[A] concise and elegant comparison of the national identities of France and Germany, and the citizenship policies that flow from them...Brubaker's excellent study is the best available guide to the intellectual background of the current crisis in German self-identity.
Village Voice Literary Supplement
Brubaker's extremely timely book traces the history of citizenship-legal status, heartfelt identity-in France and Germany. Each nation had, and still has, a very different idea of citizenship...Brubaker is erudite and clear, and keeps an acutely open mind-no easy thing in these murky waters.
Foreign Affairs
Learned, shrewd, and demanding.
Theda Skocpol
Brubaker brilliantly integrates institutional and cultural analysis. His focus on immigrants and citizenship in France and Germany makes a compelling case for understanding modern national states not only as organizations but also as associations of members.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674131781
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 743,690
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rogers Brubaker is Professor of Sociology and UCLA Foundation Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Traditions of Nationhood in France and Germany 1
I The Institution of Citizenship
1 Citizenship as Social Closure 21
2 The French Revolution and the Invention of National Citizenship 35
3 State, State-System, and Citizenship in Germany 50
II Defining the Citizenry: The Bounds of Belonging
4 Citizenship and Naturalization in France and Germany 75
5 Migrants into Citizens: The Crystallization of Jus Soli in Late-Nineteenth-Century France 85
6 The Citizenry as Community of Descent: The Nationalization of Citizenship in Wilhelmine Germany 114
7 "Etre Francais, Cela se Merite": Immigration and the Politics of Citizenship in France in the 1980s 138
8 Continuities in the German Politics of Citizenship 165
Conclusion 179
Notes 191
Bibliography 245
Index 267
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