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Self and Nation is a lively and accessible exploration of the issues related to nationhood, nationalism and national identity. The authors challenge common assumptions of what ‘national identity’ means by addressing key concepts of identity, national character, national history and nationalist psychology. How do constructions of national identity affect the way people act, are mobilized, transform societies, create nations and reshape nations where they already exist? This book shows how the central notion of national identity is used by politicians and activists in support of attempts to create different types of nations. Self and Nation will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as researchers in social psychology, politics, sociology and social anthropology.

Lessons in National History
Lessons in national history
Heroes

Every nation has its heroes. Those exemplary figures who we are taught about in school, whose exploits are summarized in well-known tales, whose characters are exemplified in singular feats: Sir Francis Drake playing bowls as the Armada advances; Robert the Bruce watching the spinning spider; ...

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