Nationalism and Modernism

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The first major study in over three decades to explore the essential arguments of all the major theoretical interpretations of nationalism, from the modernist approaches of Gellner, Nairn, Breuilly, Giddens and Hobsbawm to the alternative paradigms of van den Bergh and Geertz, Armstrong and Smith himself.
In a style accessible to the student and the general reader Smith traces the changing view of this hotly discussed topic within the current political, cultural and ...

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Overview

The first major study in over three decades to explore the essential arguments of all the major theoretical interpretations of nationalism, from the modernist approaches of Gellner, Nairn, Breuilly, Giddens and Hobsbawm to the alternative paradigms of van den Bergh and Geertz, Armstrong and Smith himself.
In a style accessible to the student and the general reader Smith traces the changing view of this hotly discussed topic within the current political, cultural and socioeconomic arena. He also analyses the contributions of such historians, sociologists and political scientists as Seton-Watson, Reynolds, Hastings, Horowitz and Brass. The survey concludes with an analysis of post-modern approaches to national identity, gender and nation, making it indispensable reading to all those interested in gaining full and authoritative knowledge of nationalism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415063418
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/10/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The modernist paradigm 1
1 The rise of classical modernism 8
Pt. I Varieties of modernism 25
2 The culture of industrialism 27
3 Capitalism and nationalism 47
4 State and nation 70
5 Political messianism 97
6 Invention and imagination 117
Pt. II Critics and alternatives 143
7 Primordialism and perennialism 145
8 Ethno-symbolism 170
9 Beyond modernism? 199
Conclusion: problems, paradigms and prospects 221
Notes 229
Bibliography 244
Index 264
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