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NATIONALISM - FIVE ROADS TO MODERNITY


By Greenfeld, Liah (Author)
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Price : $39.00    Special Price : $23.40
ISBN : 9780674603196  
Dimension : 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inch    Page : 596
Year of Publication : 1992    Edition : 1
Publisher : HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Subject : HISTORY



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Nationalism is a movement and a state of mind that brings together national identity, consciousness, and collectivities. It accomplished the great transformation from the old order to modernity; it placed imagination above production, distribution, and exchange; and it altered the nature of power over people and territories that shapes and directs the social and political world. A five-country study that spans five hundred years, this historically oriented work in sociology bids well to replace all previous works on the subject. The theme, simple yet complex, suggests that England was the front-runner, with its earliest sense of self-conscious nationalism and its pragmatic ways; it utilized existing institutions while transforming itself. The Americans followed, with no formed institutions to impede them. France, Germany, and Russia took the same, now marked, path, modifying nationalism in the process. Nationalism is based on empirical data in four languages—legal documents; period dictionaries; memoirs; correspondence; literary works; theological, political, and philosophical writings; biographies; statistics; and histories. Nowhere else is the complex interaction of structural, cultural, and psychological factors so thoroughly explained. Nowhere else are concepts like identity, anomie, and elites brought so refreshingly to life.


Liah Greenfeld is University Professor and Professor of Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology at Boston University.

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Introduction 1. God’s Firstborn: England Reflection of the National Consciousness in Discourse and Sentiment The New Aristocracy, the New Monarchy, and the Protestant Reformation The English Bible, the Bloody Regiment of Queen Mary, and the Burning Matter of Dignity England as God’s Peculiar People, and the Token of His Love The Sound of Their Voices The Changing Position of the Crown and Religion in the National Consciousness A Land of Experimental Knowledge 2. The Three Identities of France I. The Development of Pre-National French Identity France—a Church, and the Faith of the “Fleur de Lys” Heresy and Its Child The King and His State II. The Social Bases of the Nationalization of French Identity and the Character of the Nascent National Consciousness Turns of the Social Wheel: The Plight of the French Aristocracy The Perilous Escape: Redefinition and Reorganization of the Noblesse The Birth of the French Nation Nation, the Supreme Being Competition with England and Ressentiment A Note on Non-Elite Nationalism 3. The Scythian Rome: Russia Perestroika in the Eighteenth Century The Crisis of the Nobility The West and Ressentiment The Laying of the Foundations Transvaluation of Values: The Crystallization of the Matrix of Russian Nationalism The Two-Headed Eagle 4. The Final Solution of Infinite Longing: Germany I. The Setting The Conception and Miscarriage of Nationalism in the Sixteenth Century The Early Evolution of the Concept of the State The Insouciance of German Nobility prior to the Nineteenth Century Bildungsbürgertum: The Dangerous Class II. The Birth of the Spirit: The Preparation of the Mold for the German National Consciousness Aufklärung Pietism Romanticism III. The Materialization of the Spirit The Impact of the French Revolution The Birth of German Nationalism The Finishing Touch: Ressentiment The Twin Blossoms of the Blue Flower 5. In Pursuit of the Ideal Nation: The Unfolding of Nationality in America America as a New England The Separation A Union Begun by Necessity The Tug-of-War: The Persisting Threat of Secession and the Development of National Unity Inconsistencies and Tensions The Trial and Completion of American Nationality Afterword Notes Index
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