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Anglo nostalgia : the politics of emotion in a fractured West

Author: Edoardo Campanella; Marta Dassú
Publisher: London : C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nostalgia has become a major force in global politics. While Donald Trump hopes to 'make America great again', Xi Jinping calls for a 'great rejuvenation of the Chinese people', and a majority of Russians still mourn the Soviet Union. But it is Brexit, with its idealisation of a bygone era of full sovereignty, that epitomises nostalgic nationalism in its purest form.Despite its romantic flavour, nostalgia is a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edoardo Campanella; Marta Dassú
ISBN: 1787381412 9781787381414
OCLC Number: 1055265138
Description: xii, 240 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: A global epidemic --
Nostalgia as an emotional weapon --
Constructing a nostalgic narrative --
Birth of an idea --
The foreign policy of nostalgia --
The Anglo-Saxon tribe --
A not-so-special relationship: America and Britain --
Conclusion : Nostalgia and the future of sovereignty.
Responsibility: Edoardo Campanella, Marta Dassù.

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"Nostalgia has become a major force in global politics. While Donald Trump hopes to 'make America great again', Xi Jinping calls for a 'great rejuvenation of the Chinese people', and a majority of Russians still mourn the Soviet Union. But it is Brexit, with its idealisation of a bygone era of full sovereignty, that epitomises nostalgic nationalism in its purest form.Despite its romantic flavour, nostalgia is a malaise--a combination of paranoia and melancholy that idealises the past, while denigrating the present. This epidemic of mythicising national history is shaping politics in risky ways, fuelled by ageing populations, shifts in the global order, and technological disruption. When deployed in the political debate, collective nostalgia is used as an emotional weapon, capable of mobilising a nation towards illusory goals.Drawing on psychology, political science, history and popular culture, Anglo Nostalgia analyses the rapid spread of this global phenomenon, before focusing on Brexit as a case study. With the detachment of informed outsiders, Campanella and Dassù expose nostalgia's great danger: the oversimplification of reality, leading to unprecedented political miscalculations and rising geopolitical tensions." --

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'[Trump's] mindset is well described in 'Anglo Nostalgia' by Edoardo Campanella and Marta Dassu. Start with an idealised view of the past, stir in the paranoia beloved of populists everywhere and, Read more...

 
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