Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict: Shadows of Modernity

Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict: Shadows of Modernity

by Andreas Wimmer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521812550

ISBN-13: 9780521812559

Pub. Date: 06/06/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Nationalism and the prevalence of ethnic conflict are features of contemporary politics. Many commentators have viewed such conflicts as a return to some primitive impulse. Andreas Wimmer's book argues that nationalism is in fact characteristic of the modern world, deriving from the nature of the state. He argues that the nation-state rests on membership of a

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Nationalism and the prevalence of ethnic conflict are features of contemporary politics. Many commentators have viewed such conflicts as a return to some primitive impulse. Andreas Wimmer's book argues that nationalism is in fact characteristic of the modern world, deriving from the nature of the state. He argues that the nation-state rests on membership of a particular ethnic or national group, and the exclusion of non-members, creating the potential for conflict. Containing detailed studies of Mexico, Iraq and Switzerland, this is an original contribution to a topical debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521812559
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/06/2002
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1Shadows of modernity1
ITheoretical explorations
2Compromise and closure: a theory of social dynamics19
3The making of modern communities42
IIState-building and ethnic conflict
4Who owns the state? Ethnic conflicts after the end of empires85
5Nationalism and ethnic mobilisation in Mexico114
6From empire to ethnocracy: Iraq since the Ottomans156
IIIThe politics of exclusion in nationalised states
7Racism and xenophobia199
8Nationalising multi-ethnic Switzerland222
References269
Index306

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