For Love of Country: An Essay on Patriotism and Nationalism / Edition 1

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Overview

Nationalism and patriotism are two of the most powerful forces shaping world history. Though seen by many as two sides of the same coin, they can and must be distinguished. Reconstructing the historical meaning of the terms, Maurizio Viroli shows that the two concepts have been used for very different political and ideological goals. Over the centuries, the language of patriotism has been used to strengthen or invoke a generous and caring love of the political institutions and the way of life that sustain the common liberty of a people, whereas the language of nationalism was forged in late 18th century Europe to defend or reinforce the cultural, linguistic, and ethnic oneness, and homogeneity of a people. He brings to the surface the existence of an intellectual tradition in modern and early modern political thought which has been using the language of patriotism as a language of liberty and civic commitment and argues that it is to the intellectual tradition of republican patriotism that we ought to refer to find a powerful antidote to nationalism and a valuable source of civic responsibility for multicultural democratic societies.
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Political Studies
Excellent [and] very timely. Viroli's proposal to reclaim the language of republican patriotism is not only an important contribution to the discussion around the issue of nationalism. It is also a crucial intervention in the current debate about the need for "community" and "civic virtue." -- Political Studies
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"Excellent [and] very timely. Maurizio Viroli's proposal to reclaim the language of republican patriotism is not only an important contribution to the discussion around the issue of nationalism. It is also a crucial intervention in the current debate about the need for 'community' and 'civic virtue.'"— Political Studies

"[Viroli] offers us two essays for the price of one. Two, because in his twofold purpose he manages to produce both a scholarly piece of intellectual history and a forcefully articulated piece of personal conviction."—The Review of Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198279525
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Maurizio Viroli is Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of From Politics to Reason of State and Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the "Well-Ordered Society".

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Legacy of Republican Patriotism 18
2 Decline and Revival 41
3 Patriotism and the Politics of the Ancients 63
4 The Birth of the Language of Nationalism 95
5 The Nationalization of Patriotism 140
Epilogue: Patriotism without Nationalism 161
Bibliography 189
Index 199
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