The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and Nationalism

The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and Nationalism

by Anthony D. Smith

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584650409
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2000
Series: Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 122
Sales rank: 958,015
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Anthony D. Smith is Professor of Ethnicity and Nationalism at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Yosef Kaplan vii

Introduction 1

1 Voluntarism and the Organic Nation 5

Organic and Voluntarist Nationalism 6

Cultural Determination and the Political Ideal 10

Ethnic and Civic Nations 15

Cultural Primordialism 21

Conclusion 25

2 The Nation: Modern or Perennial? 27

The Modernist Orthodoxy 27

Modernist Historiography 30

The Perennialist Critique 34

Continuous Perennialism 35

Recurrent Perennialism 40

Ancient Nations? 41

Conclusion: Problems with Perennialism 50

3 Social Construction and Ethnic Genealogy 52

Invented Traditions, Imagined Communities 53

A Critique of Social Constructionism 61

An Ethnosymbolic Account of Nations and Nationalism 62

Conclusion 76

Bibliography 89

Index 101

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