Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality / Edition 2

Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality / Edition 2

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by Eric Hobsbawm
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1107604621

ISBN-13: 9781107604629

Pub. Date: 04/30/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Nations and Nationalism since 1780 is Eric Hobsbawm's widely acclaimed and highly readable inquiry into the question of nationalism. Events in the late twentieth century in Eastern Europe and the Soviet republics have since reinforced the central importance of nationalism in the history of the political evolution and upheaval. This second edition has been updated in

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Nations and Nationalism since 1780 is Eric Hobsbawm's widely acclaimed and highly readable inquiry into the question of nationalism. Events in the late twentieth century in Eastern Europe and the Soviet republics have since reinforced the central importance of nationalism in the history of the political evolution and upheaval. This second edition has been updated in light of those events, with a final chapter addressing the impact of the dramatic changes that have taken place. Also included are additional maps to illustrate nationalities, languages and political divisions across Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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ISBN-13:
9781107604629
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Series:
Canto Classics Series
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
206
Sales rank:
799,624
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The nation as novelty: from revolution to liberalism; 2. Popular proto-nationalism; 3. The government perspective; 4. The transformation of nationalism, 1870-1918; 5. The apogee of nationalism, 1918-1950; 6. Nationalism in the late twentieth century.

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Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
F.Brauer More than 1 year ago
According to the book ¿Nations and Nationalism since
1780¿ by Professor Hobsbawm, the national feelings of people will
fade and, eventually, disappear. Nation-states, the 18th-19th century
creation of European cultural elites, will cease to exist. The erudite
knowledge and masterful manipulation of historical facts brought in
support of the main thesis makes it difficult to defend any opposing
viewpoints.
I believe that the nationalities and national feelings,
important components of human identity and the driving force of many
conflicts, are here to stay. The growth of clans into tribes and their
subsequent merger into nations is not an invention of European cultural
elites. It is a phenomena as old as written history. The Bible has many
pages listing tribes begetting one another. The myths, legends and
sagas of Greeks, Slavs and Norsemen are no different. The creators of
native alphabets, founders of native schools or national newspapers,
collectors of national folklore ¿ in short, the cultural elites ¬-
they all brought coherency to the national feelings of people they
worked among, but they did not create nations.
The formation and birth of a nation is a natural process. We
can think of it as akin to the appearance of new species in the natural
world. The perpetual growth and reshuffling of humankind brings about
the births of new and disappearance of worn-out nations. The multitude
of competitive nations is needed to secure the existence of humanity in
the never-ending process of creation. Humankind is advanced through
ceaseless competition between different nations.
Professor Hobsbawm believes otherwise. He belongs to a
vanishing tribe of Marxists Internationalists. True to Marxist ideology,
whose goal is to create a classless and nation-less society, he believes
in the eventual disappearance of nations. By Professor Hobsbawm own
account (see his biography, Interesting times), the Communist movement
was the only ¿family¿ he ever truly felt at home with. Marxist
ideals shaped the worldview of Professor¿s Hobsbawm and he remains
captive to them. His book is the product Marxist thinking.
As if by mischief, the book front cover bears a reproduction
of Breughel¿s ¿The Tower of Babel¿, which contradicts the
¿nation-less future¿ thesis of the book. The arrogant builders of
the biblical Tower of Babel had to abandon the project punished by God,
who, to thwart their plans, confused them by making them speak different
languages. The Marxist vision of a class-less future without nations was
abandoned too. The Marxist ¿tower¿ came crushing down. The front
cover impishly symbolizes the futility and arrogance of the Marxist
project.
It is a shame so much knowledge and wit of Professor Hobsbawm
was spent propagating the ideas of misguided Marxist vision. Be as it
may, the sheer amount of facts and stories on nation-building in 19th
and 20th centuries makes the book ¿Nations and Nationalism since
1780¿ compelling reading for history buffs.