The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and Nationalism (The Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures)

The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and Nationalism (The Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures)

Anthony D. Smith


within the first theoretical research of historiographical debates approximately ethnicity and nationalism, Anthony Smith offers a probing account of historians' assumptions and motives of nationalism in numerous ancient epochs. Ranging largely over the contributions and divergent views of historians, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and others who've contributed to those primary debates, Smith codifies the main cogent responses which were provided to 3 defining matters during this sector: the character and foundation of the country and nationalism; the antiquity or modernity of countries and nationalism; and the function of countries and nationalism in historic, and particularly fresh, social change.

Using the examples of Persia, Israel, and Greece for long term illustrations, Smith additionally discusses ethnic and nationwide identities in France, Germany, England, Yugoslavia, and in different places to light up the makes use of and the which means of other theories, and ends with a resounding case for the worth of his personal ethno-symbolist method.

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