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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

Nationalism, Ethnicity ...

Nationalism and History
Nationalism and history
Introduction

In the course of the 1990s, as Australians debated their past – and in particular the legacy of the dispossession and marginalization of the aboriginal population – tempestuous ‘history wars’ broke out, dividing both professional historians and political leaders. On one side were advocates of what has been described as the ‘three cheers’ version of Australian history, celebrating the country's achievements; on the other was the ‘black armband’ approach, sympathetic to the plight of the aborigines. Prime Minister John Howard sided strongly with the former:

This black armband view of our past reflects a belief that most Australian history since 1788 has been little more than a disgraceful story of imperialism, exploitation, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. I take ...

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