The Mortality and Morality of Nations

The Mortality and Morality of Nations

by Uriel Abulof


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ISBN-13: 9781107480865
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/16/2017
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Uriel Abulof is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Tel-Aviv University and a senior research fellow at Princeton University� Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs/Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD). He is the author of Living on the Edge: The Existential Uncertainty of Zionism, which won the Bahat Prize, Israel� most prestigious academic book award. Abulof studies political legitimation, nationalism and ethnic conflicts. His articles have appeared in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, International Political Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, The British Journal of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies and International Politics.

Table of Contents

Part I. Preface; Part II. Introduction: 1. Theory; 2. Case studies; Part III. Theory: 3. Meaning; 4. Mortality; 5. Morality; 6. Liberty; 7. Language; Part IV. The French Canadians: 8. The Canadiens: the emergence of an endangered ethnie; 9. The French Canadians: the rise and demise of ethno-religionism; 10. The Québécois: the rise and demise of ethnonationalism; Part V. Jews and Zionists: 11. Ontological insecurity: Jewish identity in modernity; 12. Epistemic insecurity: Jewish and Zionist survival in question; 13. Existential threats: Zionism's 'holes in the net'; 14. Existential threads: the lifelines of Zionism; Part VI. The Afrikaners: 15. Ontological insecurity: the birth of the Afrikaner ethnie; 16. Epistemic insecurity: Afrikaner survival in question; 17. Existential threats: Afrikanerdom's 'holes in the net'; 18. Existential threads: the lifelines of Afrikanerdom; 19. The twilight of apartheid and its aftermath.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Mortality and Morality of Nations which discusses French Canadians, Israeli Jews and South African Afrikaners. Or perhaps I should say the existential fears of these “small nations” as Prof. Abulof refers to them. I soon found out that the idea of small nations was borrowed from Kundera, one of my favorite authors (though I had never read anything of his that referred to small nations before). Much to my dismay I found that before getting to the subject of my interest, I had to wade through a chapter of theory. But once I got into the book I actually found this part quite fascinating, and the Calvino metaphor of the city suspended over a chasm was quite brilliant; the poor creatures keep weaving threads to stop themselves from falling, beautifully capturing the idea of the existential threads of morality and security that Abulof's insecure nations keep weaving in order to bolster themselves. All in all it proved a fascinating read and I cannot recommend it highly enough.