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The ethnic origins of nations

Author: Anthony D Smith
Publisher: Oxford : Basil Blackwell, 1986
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How and when did nations emerge? Are they purely modern phenomena? This wide-ranging book examines their social and historical roots and the main features of contemporary national identity. Rejecting older views which saw nations as immemorial and recent theories which regard them as products of modern capitalism and industrialism, Anthony D. Smith presents an original interpretation that traces their genealogy to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony D Smith
ISBN: 0631161694 9780631161691
OCLC Number: 18412735
Description: x, 312 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Are nations modern? --
Foundations of ethnic community --
Ethnie and ethnicism in history --
Class and ethnie in agrarian societies --
Ethnic survival and dissolution --
The formation of nations --
From ethnie to nation --
Legends and landscapes --
The genealogy of nations.
Responsibility: Anthony D. Smith.

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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.  Read more...

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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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