Nations, Identity, Power

Nations, Identity, Power

by George Schopflin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814781173
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

George Schöpflin is Jean Monnet Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Nationalism, S. S. E. E. S., University of London. His books include Politics in Eastern Europe, 1945-1992 and Myths and Nationhood (1997).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgementsv
1.Introduction: The Nature of the Beast1
Part I.What is the Nation?
2.Reason, Identity and Power9
3.Civil Society, Ethnicity and the State: A Threefold Relationship35
4.Citizenship, Ethnicity and Cultural Reproduction51
5.Left and Right: Europe in the 1990s66
6.Commemoration: Why Remember?74
Part II.Ethnicity and Cultural Reproduction
7.A Taxonomy of Myths and their Functions79
8.Ideological Thinking and Post-Communism99
9.Language and Ethnicity in Central and Eastern Europe: Some Theoretical Aspects116
Part III.The State, Communism and Post-Communism
10.Cultural Diversity and Good Governance: Some General Considerations128
11.Why Empires Fail137
12.The Communist Experience and Nationhood147
13.An Analysis of Post-Communism170
14.The Rise of Anti-Democratic Movements189
15.Communism and State Legitimation208
16.Culling Sacred Cows? State Frontiers and Stability221
Part IV.Minorities
17.The Problem of Ethnic Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe231
18.Minorities under Communism241
19.Ethnic Minorities in South-Eastern Europe253
20.Minorities and Post-Communism: a Political and Sociological Analysis277
Part V.The Ethnic Factor Reconsidered
21.Englishness: Citizenship, Ethnicity and Class298
22.Yugoslavia: State Construction and State Failure324
23.Power, Ethnicity and Communism in Yugoslavia343
24.Hungary as Kin-State370
25.Hungary and its Neighbours378
26.Inter-Ethnic Relations in Transylvania: Rhetoric and Reality410
27.Human Rights and the Nationality Question in Romania415
Index435

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Aa cornucopia of informed and detailed insight on the politics of identity. [...] Schöpflin's writing is lively and vigorous, if abrasive. Ethnicity, identity, nationalism and nationhood are intriguing topics for study and certainly inform European politics today. Schöpflin has provided a fascinating book that deals with these issues in a thought-provoking, original and insightful manner. It is a great piece of erudite scholarship, which one will return totime and again."

-Times Higher Educational Supplement

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