Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe

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Overview

A rich analysis of the 'national question' in nine major European countries. It reaffirms that 'nation' is an ideological construct and that 'nationalism' is a distinctly political programme. The resilience of nationalism in contemporary Europe may seem paradoxical at a time when the nation state is widely seen as being "in decline." Why should so many movements across the continent be seeking to preserve or replicate a mode of political organization whose efficacy and legitimacy is increasingly open to doubt? Challenged from above by the supranational imperatives of globalism and from below by the complex pluralism of modern societies, less and less are able to "deliver the goods" in terms of policy or to provide the primary focus for social identity, the nation state faces an uncertain future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415123129
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/12/1996
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Nation and Nationalism in Contemporary Europe: A Theoretical Perspective 9
2 Languages of Racism Within Contemporary Europe 33
3 Immigration, Citizenship and the Nation-State in the New Europe 54
4 Reconsidering 'Britishness': The Construction and Significance of National Identity in Twentieth-Century Britain 83
5 Nation, Nationalism and National Identity in France 101
6 Post-War National Identity in Germany 125
7 Multiple National Identities, Immigration and Racism in Spain and Portugal 155
8 Italian National Identity and the Failure of Regionalism 172
9 The Failure of Nationalism in Post-Communist Poland 1989-95: An Historical Perspective 201
10 From Soviet to Russian Identity: The Origins of Contemporary Russian Nationalism and National Identity 223
11 Culture, Politics and Identity in Former Yugoslavia 251
12 Conclusion 285
Index 287
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