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 9: Explaining Nationalism
Biographies of nationalist leaders very often report a ‘Pauline moment’: a conversion from indifference to fervent nationalism, on the model of the biblical account of Paul's sudden conversion to Christianity on the road to Damascus. Thus for Mahatma Gandhi, founding father of Indian nationalism, consciousness of his membership of a disadvantaged group was sparked off when, as a non-white, he was removed from a train in Pietermaritzburg during a visit to South Africa in 1893. A 1799 tour of the Rhine, with its ruined fortifications, is said to have stimulated the anti-French sentiment of Ernst Moritz Arndt, one of the key figures in the early stages of German nationalism. Discovery of the indigenous language and culture has also pushed many others into ...