First published in 1983, Nations and Nationalism remains one of the most influential explanations of the emergence of nationalism ever written. This updated edition of Ernest Gellner's now-canonical work includes a new introductory essay from John Breuilly, tracing the way the field has evolved over the past two decades, and a bibliography of important work on nationalism since 1983.
About the Author
The late Ernest Gellner (1925-1995) was Director of the Centre for the Study of Nationalism, part of the Central European University, in Prague. His many books included Plough, Sword and Book: The Structure of Human History, Conditions of Liberty: Civil Society and Its Rivals, and Language and Solitude: Wittgenstein, Malinowski and the Habsburg Dilemma. John Breuilly is Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity at the London School of Economics. His books include The Formation of the First German Nation-State, 1800-1871 and Nationalism and the State.
Table of Contents
Introduction, by John Breuilly1. DefinitionsState and NationThe Nation
2. Culture in Agrarian SocietyPower and Culture in the Agro-literate Polity CultureThe State in Agrarian SocietyThe Varieties of Agrarian Rulers
3. Industrial SocietyThe Society of Perpetual GrowthSocial GeneticsThe Age of Universal High Culture
4. The Transition to an Age of NationalismA Note on the Weakness of NationalismWild and Garden Cultures
5. What is a Nation?The Course of True Nationalism Never did Run Smooth
6. Social Entropy and Equality in Industrial SocietyObstacles to EntropyFissures and BarriersA Diversity of Focus
7. A Typology of NationalismsThe Varieties of Nationalist ExperienceDiaspora Nationalism
8. The Future of NationalismIndustrial Culture - One or Many?
9. Nationalism and IdeologyWho is for Nuremberg?One Nation, One State
10. ConclusionWhat is not being SaidSummary
Bibliography of Ernest Gellner's Writings on Nationalism, by Ian Jamie
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"Breuilly's new introduction provides an excellent critical overview of Gellner's writings on nationalism, judiciously evaluating his ideas while also providing insights into their place and continuing significance within the wider historiography of nationalism studies."
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