Nationalism Reader

Nationalism Reader

by Omar Dahbour
     
 

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The proclamation of a "New World Order," hailed at the end of the cold war, coincided with an eruption of nationalism. The withering of the bipolar balance of power has created a vacuum that has been filled by a new tide of ethnic conflict in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Somalia, and elsewhere. Despite general recognition of this resurgent phenomenon,

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The proclamation of a "New World Order," hailed at the end of the cold war, coincided with an eruption of nationalism. The withering of the bipolar balance of power has created a vacuum that has been filled by a new tide of ethnic conflict in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Somalia, and elsewhere. Despite general recognition of this resurgent phenomenon, there is neither widespread awareness nor expert consensus on the meaning and origins of nationalism. The Nationalism Reader depicts the historical evolution of nationalist thought in the words of leading political actors and thinkers.

But this anthology is more than merely a useful reference book. By classifying the questions of nationalism according to conflicting political perspectives, its introductory essay and organization show that liberalism, conservatism, and socialism oscillate between a universalist (or a semi-universalist) conception of human rights and nationalism. In this respect, the selection of texts presented here sheds new theoretical light on the study of nationalism, as well as presenting major European, American, and Third World contributions to nationalist thought.

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Adopting the position that nationalism is a "modern emotional effusion" aroused by the nation-state, this anthology traces the development of nationalism from the Enlightenment to the contemporary period. Topics include liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and internationalism; anti-colonialism and national liberation movements; American perspectives; and contemporary debate on the subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780391038677
Publisher:
BRILL
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Pages:
370

Meet the Author

Omar Dahbour is an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Micheline R. Ishay is the director of the Center of Rights Development and an assistant professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Denver University, Denver, Colorado.

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