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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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Types of Nationalist Mobilization
Types of nationalist mobilization

In popular culture, nationalist activism is typically presented in clear-cut, binary fashion. We may see this in the area of film: Braveheart (1995), for example, pits a courageous Scottish rebel against the English throne, and The patriot (2000) depicts a struggle between resourceful American revolutionaries and their powerful British opponents. But nationalism is rarely so straightforward – not only is it not a battle between good and evil, it is typically not even a contest between two sides. We need to turn, then, to the various forms that nationalism may take – a vast field, especially if we extend the time dimension backwards to the late eighteenth century, and the space dimension outwards to cover the globe.

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