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Mapping the Nation

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Since Samuel P. Huntingdon proposed his influential and troubling ‘clash of civilizations’ thesis, nationalism has only continued to puzzle and frustrate commentators, policy analysts, and political theorists. No consensus exists concerning its identity, genesis, or future. Are we reverting to the petty nationalisms of the nineteenth century or evolving into a globalized, supranational world? Has the nation-state outlived its usefulness and exhausted its progressive and ...
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Overview

Since Samuel P. Huntingdon proposed his influential and troubling ‘clash of civilizations’ thesis, nationalism has only continued to puzzle and frustrate commentators, policy analysts, and political theorists. No consensus exists concerning its identity, genesis, or future. Are we reverting to the petty nationalisms of the nineteenth century or evolving into a globalized, supranational world? Has the nation-state outlived its usefulness and exhausted its progressive and emancipatory role?

Opening with powerful statements by Lord Acton and Otto Bauer—the classic liberal and socialist positions—Mapping the Nation presents a wealth of thought on thisissue: the debate between Ernest Gellner and Miroslav Hroch; Gopal Balakrishnan’s critique of Benedict Anderson’s seminal Imagined Communities; Partha Chatterjeeon the limitations of the Enlightenment approach to nationhood; and contributions from Michael Mann, Eric Hobsbawm, Tom Nairn, and Jürgen Habermas.

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Francis Fukuyama
“Representative of serious left-of-center thinking on the subject of nationalism, and of great use as a general introduction to the topic.”
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“Representative of serious left-of-center thinking on the subject of nationalism, and of great use as a general introduction to the topic.”—Francis Fukuyama
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844676507
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Series: Mappings Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,449,703
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gopal Balakrishnan is the author of The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of Carl Schmitt, and editor of Debating “Empire” and (with Benedict Anderson) Mapping the Nation. A member of the New Left Review editorial board, he teaches Contemporary Theory at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Benedict Anderson is Aaron L. Binenkorp Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Cornell University. He is editor of the journal Indonesia and author of Java in a Time of Revolution, The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World and Imagined Communities.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Benedict Anderson 1

1 Nationality Lord Acton 17

2 The Nation Otto Bauer 39

3 From National Movement to the Fully-formed Nation: The Nation-building Process in Europe Miroslav Hroch 78

4 The Coming of Nationalism and Its Interpretation: The Myths of Nation and Class Ernest Gellner 98

5 Approaches to Nationalism John Breuilly 146

6 Nationalism and the Historians Anthony D. Smith 175

7 The National Imagination Gopal Balakrishnan 198

8 Whose Imagined Community? Partha Chatterjee 214

9 Whither 'Nation' and 'Nationalism'? Katherine Verdery 226

10 Woman and Nation Sylvia Walby 235

11 Ethnicity and Nationalism in Europe Today Eric J. Hobsbawm 255

12 Internationalism and the Second Coming Tom Nairn 267

13 The European Nation-state - Its Achievements and Its Limits. On the Past and Future of Sovereignty and Citizenship Jürgen Habermas 281

14 Nation-states in Europe and Other Continents: Diversifying, Developing, Not Dying Michael Mann 295

Acknowledgements 317

Index 319

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