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 and the State is an insightful read for both undergraduate and graduate students of politics and international relations.
Chapter 10: Nationalism and State Structure
Nationalism and State Structure
The nineteenth-century Czech nationalist leader František Palacký once remarked that ‘if the Austrian Empire did not exist, it would have to be invented’: nothing but a complex set of institutional structures could cope with the mixture of nationalities that made up the Habsburg dominions. So far, our focus has been primarily on the nation: on the circumstances associated with its origin and development, and on the patterns in accordance with which it has been organized politically. This exploration has also, necessarily, taken us into the area of relations between nation and state: a demand for political self-expression, usually in the form of a state, is one of the most characteristic features of nationalism. But the relationship between nation ...