Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

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by Benedict Anderson
     
 

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Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson’s brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983. Since then it has sold over a quarter of a million copies and is widely considered the most important book on the subject. In this greatly anticipated revised edition, Anderson updates and elaborates on the core question&

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Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson’s brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983. Since then it has sold over a quarter of a million copies and is widely considered the most important book on the subject. In this greatly anticipated revised edition, Anderson updates and elaborates on the core question: what makes people live, die and kill in the name of nations? He shows how an originary nationalism born in the Americas was adopted by popular movements in Europe, by imperialist powers, and by the anti-imperialist resistances in Asia and Africa, and explores the way communities were created by the growth of the nation-state, the interaction between capitalism and printing, and the birth of vernacular languages-of-state. Anderson revisits these fundamental ideas, showing how their relevance has been tested by the events of the past two decades.

Editorial Reviews

Peter Worsley - Guardian
“Sparkling, readable, densely packed.”
Neal Ascherson - Observer
“A brilliant little book.”
Edmund Leach - New Statesman
“Anderson’s knowledge of a vast range of relevant historical literature is most impressive; his presentation of the gist of it is both masterly and lucid.”
Nation
“A brilliant exegesis on nationalism.”
Guardian
Sparkling, readable, densely packed.”— Peter Worsley
Observer
A brilliant little book.”— Neal Ascherson
New Statesman
Anderson’s knowledge of a vast range of relevant historical literature is most impressive; his presentation of the gist of it is both masterly and lucid.”— Edmund Leach
Academic Library Book Review
“This is a book to be owned and read, re-read, and treasured.”
From the Publisher
"Sparkling, readable, densely packed." —Peter Worsley, Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844670864
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
11/16/2006
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
142,445
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.71(d)

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"Sparkling, readable, densely packed." —-Peter Worsley, Guardian

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