Power and the Nation in European History

Power and the Nation in European History

by Len Scales
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521845807

ISBN-13: 9780521845809

Pub. Date: 06/30/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Few would doubt the central importance of 'the nation' in the making and unmaking of modern political communities. But when did 'the nation' first become a fundamental political factor? This book engages the expertise of modern historians in an attempt to resolve the issue. A deep rift still separates 'modernist' perspectives, which view the political nation as a

Overview

Few would doubt the central importance of 'the nation' in the making and unmaking of modern political communities. But when did 'the nation' first become a fundamental political factor? This book engages the expertise of modern historians in an attempt to resolve the issue. A deep rift still separates 'modernist' perspectives, which view the political nation as a phenomenon limited to modern, industrialized societies, from the views of scholars concerned with the pre-industrial world who insist, often vehemently, that nations were central to pre-modern political life also.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521845809
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2005
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Len Scales and Oliver Zimmer; Part I. Approaches and Debates: 1. Were there nations in antiquity? Anthony D. Smith; 2. The idea of the nation as a political community Susan Reynolds; 3. Changes in the political uses of the nation: continuity or discontinuity? John Breuilly; Part II. The Middle Ages: 4. Germanic power structures: the early English experience Patrick Wormald; 5. The historiography of the Anglo-Saxon 'nation-state' Sarah Foot; 6. Exporting state and nation: English institutions and English identity in medieval Ireland Robin Frame; 7. Late medieval Germany: an under-Stated nation? Len Scales; Part III. Routes to Modernity: 8. The state and Russian national identity Geoffrey Hosking; 9. Ordering the kaleidoscope: the construction of identities in the lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth since 1569 Robert Frost; 10. Nationhood at the margin: identity, regionality and the English crown in the seventeenth century Tim Thornton; 11. The nation in the age of Revolution Ian McBride; Part IV. Modernity: 12. Enemies of the Nation? Nobles, foreigners and the constitution of national citizenship in the French Revolution Jennifer Heuer; 13. Nations, nation and power in Italy, c.1700-1915 Stuart Woolf; 14. Political institutions and nationhood in Germany, 1750-1914 Abigail Green; 15. Nation, nationalism and power in Switzerland, c.1760-1900 Oliver Zimmer; 16. Nation and power in the liberal state: Britain c.1800-c.1914 Peter Mandler.

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