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This exciting new textbook is the first to offer students a truly comprehensive AND engaging account of the vibrant topic of Nationalism.

Packed with a series of rich, illustrative examples, this book examines this powerful and remarkable political force by exploring: Definitions of Nationalism, including normative and descriptive approaches; The manifestation of Nationalism through language; The relationship between Religion and Nationalism; Discussions on the political uses of History as a social construct; The social roots of ideologies and the significance of class and gender; Different kinds of nationalist movements, ranging from dominant majorities to peripheral minorities; Explanations of nationalist mobilization, taking into account historical, socio-economic and sociological approaches; State responses to Nationalism; Territorial and non-territorial devolutions of power and the relationship between Nationalism and Federalism

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Nation and State in Perspective
Nation and state in perspective
Introduction

This book has sought to present a comparative historical perspective on nationalism, understood as an attempt to redefine relations between states and nations. One set of approaches to resolving this tension has been discussed in Chapter 10, which looked at strategies available to the state in dealing with what the dominant group typically sees as the problem of national minorities. Overall, though, the book has looked at the tension between state and nation from the opposite perspective – from that of the nation, with the state as an object it has been trying to influence.

If we start with the national community rather than state, two broad types of question arise on the basis of the discussion ...

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