Empire to Nation: Historical Perspectives on the Making of the Modern World

Empire to Nation: Historical Perspectives on the Making of the Modern World

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Empire to Nation: Historical Perspectives on the Making of the Modern World by Joseph W. Esherick

The fall of empires and the rise of nation-states was a defining political transition in the making of the modern world. As United States imperialism becomes a popular focus of debate, we must understand how empire, the nineteenth century's dominant form of large-scale political organization, had disappeared by the end of the twentieth century. Here, ten prominent specialists discuss the empire-to-nation transition in comparative perspective. Chapters on Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Russia, and China illustrate both the common features and the diversity of the transition. Questioning the sharpness of the break implied by the empire/nation binary, the contributors explore the many ways in which empires were often nation-like and nations behaved imperially. While previous studies have focused on the rise and fall of empires or on nationalism and the process of nation-building, this intriguing volume concentrates on the empire-to-nation transition itself. Understanding this transition allows us to better interpret the contemporary political order and new forms of global hegemony.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742540309
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2006
Series: World Social Change Series
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Joseph W. Esherick is professor of history and Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Chair in Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Hasan Kayali is associate professor of history at the University of California, San Diego. Eric Van Young is professor of history at the University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: The Spanish Empire in the Americas Chapter 3 The Limits of Atlantic-World Nationalism in a Revolutionary Age: Imagined Communities and Lived Communities in Mexico, 1810-1821 Chapter 4 The Great Transformation of Law and Legal Culture: "The Public" and "the Private" in the Transition from Empire to Nation in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil, 1750-1850 Chapter 5 Selfhood and Nationhood in Latin America: From Colonial Subject to Democratic Citizen Part 6 Part II: The Middle East and Eastern Europe Chapter 7 Empires as Prisons of Nations versus Empires as Political Opportunity Structures: An Exploration of the Role of Nationalism in Imperial Dissolutions in Europe Chapter 8 Changing Modalities of Empire: A Comparative Study of the Ottoman and Habsburg Decline Chapter 9 Dreams of Empire, Dreams of Nations Part 10 Part III: The Chinese Empire Chapter 11 How the Qing Became China Chapter 12 Going Imperial: Tibeto-Mongolian Buddhism and Nationalisms in China and Inner Asia Part 13 Part IV: The Russian Empire and the Soviet Union Chapter 14 The Long Road from Empire: Legacies of Nation-Building in the Soviet Successor States Chapter 15 Setting the Political Agenda:Cultural Discourse in the Estonian Transition Part 16 Afterword: The Return of Empire?

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