Nations and Nationalism

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Cornell University Press, 2008 - History - 152 pages
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From reviews of the first edition:

"Brilliant, provocative . . . a great book."—New Statesman

"An important book . . . It is a new starting line from which all subsequent discussions of nationalism will have to begin."—New Society

"A better explanation than anyone has yet offered of why nationalism is such a prominent principle of political legitimacy today. This is a terse and forceful work . . . the product of great intellectual energy and an impressive range of knowledge."—Times Literary Supplement

"Periodically, an important book emerges that makes us, through the uniqueness of its theory, perceive history as we have not seen it before. Ernest Gellner has written such a volume. Students of nationalism will have to come to grips with his interpretation of the causes for the emergence of nationalism, since he has declared that most of the previous explanations are largely mythical."—American Historical Review

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.

 

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Contents

About this Edition
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Culture in Agrarian Society
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The Transition to an Age of Nationalism
38
What is a Nation?
52
The Course of True Nationalism Never did Run Smooth
57
Social Entropy and Equality in Industrial Society
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Obstacles to Entropy
63
Fissures and Barriers
72
Nationalism and Ideology
118
Who is for Nuremberg?
125
One Nation One State
128
Conclusion What is not being Said
131
Summary
133
Select Bibliography
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Bibliography of Ernest Gellners Writings on Nationalism Ian Jarvie Index 555 52 57
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A Diversity of Focus
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A Typology of Nationalisms
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The Varieties of Nationalist Experience
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Diaspora Nationalism
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The Future of Nationalism
106
Industrial Culture One or Many?
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About the author (2008)

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.

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