Myths and Nationhood

Myths and Nationhood

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by George Schopflin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415919738

ISBN-13: 9780415919739

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Myths are central to the way we live and how we define ourselves. In this pioneering book, a group of specialists--among them Anthony Smith, Norman Davies, Geoffrey Hosking and George Schopflin--look at the general and theoretical nature of myth on a universal basis and

examine the specific myths of various nations. With nationhood and ethnicity at the centre of

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Myths are central to the way we live and how we define ourselves. In this pioneering book, a group of specialists--among them Anthony Smith, Norman Davies, Geoffrey Hosking and George Schopflin--look at the general and theoretical nature of myth on a universal basis and

examine the specific myths of various nations. With nationhood and ethnicity at the centre of political attention, the book is timely in illuminating the deeper, underlying issues of nationalism that cause so much conflict throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415919739
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Contributors
The Role of Myth: An Anthropological Perspective, or: 'The Reality of the Really Made-Up'1
The Functions of Myth and a Taxonomy of Myths19
The 'Golden Age' and National Renewal36
The Myth of European Unity60
Myth-Making and National Identity: The Case of the GDR72
Making History: Myth and the Construction of American Nationhood88
The Myth of Divine Election and Afrikaner Ethnogenesis107
National Myths in the New Czech Liberalism132
Polish National Mythologies141
National Mythology in the History of Ideas in Latvia: A View from Religious Studies158
The Myth of Zion among East European Jewry170
Myths of National History in Belarus and Ukraine182
The Russian National Myth Repudiated198
Index of Names211

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