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Nations and nationalism.

Gellner, Ernest, 1925-1995

Verlag: Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 1993, 1993
ISBN 10: 0801492637 / ISBN 13: 9780801492631
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Titel: Nations and nationalism.

Verlag: Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 1993

Erscheinungsdatum: 1993

Einband: Soft cover


, 5th printing, viii, 150pp., PAPERBACK, very good clean copy BUT top front corner of cover has been clipped away in a 2x4cm triangle, previous owner's name ISBN 0801492637. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 37681

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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.

Inhaltsangabe: Nationalism is one of the most powerful forces in the modern world, yet it is surprisingly little studied and only imperfectly understood, either by its adherents or its opponents. Its irruption into the modern world is often explained as a resurgence of primitive, atavistic instincts, or as a delusion fostered by a few theoreticians, politicians or propagandists.

The present volume interprets nationalism in terms of its social roots, which it locates in industrial social organization. A society that aims for affluence and economic growth, Professor Gellner argues, depends on innovation, occupational mobility, mass media, universal literacy, and education in a shared, standard idiom. Taken together these transform the relationship between culture and the state. The functioning of the society depends on an all-embracing educational system, tied to one culture and protected by a state identified with that culture. The principle one state, one culture makes itself felt, and political units which do not conform to it feel the strain in the form of nationalist activity.

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