Nations and Nationalism

Nations and Nationalism

by Ernest Gellner

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801492631
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 10/31/1983
Series: 2/10/2009
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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 Breuilly

1. Definitions
State and Nation
The Nation

2. Culture in Agrarian Society
Power and Culture in the Agro-literate Polity Culture
The State in Agrarian Society
The Varieties of Agrarian Rulers

3. Industrial Society
The Society of Perpetual Growth
Social Genetics
The Age of Universal High Culture

4. The Transition to an Age of Nationalism
A Note on the Weakness of Nationalism
Wild and Garden Cultures

5. What is a Nation?
The Course of True Nationalism Never did Run Smooth

6. Social Entropy and Equality in Industrial Society
Obstacles to Entropy
Fissures and Barriers
A Diversity of Focus

7. A Typology of Nationalisms
The Varieties of Nationalist Experience
Diaspora Nationalism

8. The Future of Nationalism
Industrial Culture - One or Many?

9. Nationalism and Ideology
Who is for Nuremberg?
One Nation, One State

10. Conclusion
What is not being Said

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Bibliography of Ernest Gellner's Writings on Nationalism, by Ian Jamie


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Paul Lawrence

"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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A simple and persuasively argued thesis.