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  Nationalism has become a topic of wide-ranging significance and heated debate in recent years, with a huge expansion in the amount of literature available. Bringing together the best and most representative of these writings, Nations and Nationalism is an essential reader for students of political theory and related fields.
Assembled by two influential scholars, the volume includes the core, basic texts required for any course on nationalism, along with a selection of lesser-known contributions that illuminate the debates. Articles and chapters cover the origins, different types, and concepts of nationalism; its relationship with race, gender, and ethnicity; the impact of globalization, post-communism, and migration; and debates about citizenship and self-determination. Classic writers such as Ernest Gellner, Anthony Smith, Benedict Anderson, and John Breuilly are represented along with younger scholars who have played a critical role in reshaping contemporary attitudes toward these issues.

Selected writings by historians, sociologists, and anthropologists supplement contributions from political scientists so that students will be able to compare theories and debates across a range of disciplines and time periods. Taken together, the chapters provide a balanced and vivid overview of how nationalism has exploded as a topic of inquiry over the last two decades and how it has interacted with other political and social forces.

  • Type:

    Book Chapter

  • Date:

    30 November 2004

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  • Publisher

    Edinburgh University Press/Rutgers University Press

  • Library of Congress:

    JA Political science (General)


Wollman, H. & Spencer, P. (2004). Introduction. In Spencer, P. & Wollman, H. (Eds.). Nations and Nationalism: A Reader, 1-19. Edinburgh University Press/Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-3625-1


nationalism; citizenship; globalisation; post-colonialism; migration; Benedict Anderson; Ernest Gellner; Anthony Smith; John Breuilly;

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