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The ethnic origins of nations

Author: Anthony D Smith
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York, NY, USA : B. Blackwell, 1987, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is an excellent, comprehensive account of the ways in which nations and nationhood have evolved over time. Successful in hardback, it is now available in paperback for a student audience.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony D Smith
ISBN: 0631152059 9780631152057 0631161694 9780631161691
OCLC Number: 13580352
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 312 pages, 7 pages of plates : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface. Note to Maps. Maps. Introduction. 1. Are Nations Modern?. 'Modernists' and 'Primordialists'. Ethnie, Myths and Symbols. The Durability of Ethnic Communities. Part I: Ethnic Communities in Pre-Modern Eras:. 2. Foundations of Ethnic Community. The Dimensions of Ethnie. Some Bases of Ethnic Formation. Structure and persistence of Ethnie. 3. Ethnie and Ethnicism in History. Uniqueness and Exclusion. Ethnic Resistance and Renewal. External Threat and Ethnic Response. Two Types of Ethnic Mythomoteur. 4. Class and Ethnie in Agrarian Societies. Military Mobilization and Ethnic Consciousness. Two Types of Ethnie. Ethnic Polities. 5. Ethnic Survival and Dissolution. Location and Sovereignty. Demographic and Cultural Continuity. Dissolution of Ethnie. Ethnic Survival. Ethnic Socialization and Religious Renewal. Part II: Ethnie and Nations in the Modern Era. 6. The Formation of Nations. Western Revolutions. Territorial and Ethnic Nations. Nation-Formation. The Ethnic Model. Ethnic Solidarity or Political Citizenship?. 7. From Ethnie to Nation. Politicization of Ethnie. The New Priesthood. Autarchy and Territorialization. Mobilization and Inclusion. The New Imagination. 8. Legends and Landscapes. Nostalgia and Posterity. The Sense of 'The Past'. Romantic Nationalism as an 'Historical Drama'. Poetic Spaces: The Uses of Landscape. Golden Ages: The Uses of History. Myths and Nation-Building. 9. The Genealogy of Nations. Parmenideans and Heraclitans. The 'Antiquity' of Nations. Transcending Ethnicity?. A World of Small Nations. Ethnic Mobilization and Global Security. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
Responsibility: Anthony D. Smith.

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"The scope of Smitha s work is breathtaking ... Part I is in some respects the most original part of the book; to my knowledge there is no comparable survey." Journal of American Ethnic History Read more...

 
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