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The Impact of Western Nationalisms

The Impact of Western Nationalisms

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September 1992 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
At the core of twentieth century history lies the most enduring world view of modern times--nationalism. The Impact of Western Nationalisms provides a unique, panoramic view of the history, the contemporary experience, and the ramifications of modern nationalism. Esteemed contributors of this innovative volume examine many facets of nationalism, including the changing definitions of Western nationalism, from nineteenth century conceptions of state development and patriotism through its increasing link with conservatism and chauvinism; the relation of nationalism to development and modernity; its role in fundamentalist and isolationist reactions against the modern world; and its expression in the "civic religion" of the state and the invention of tradition. Also, individual contributions analyze the tensions between nationalism and social ideologies which transcend the boundaries between the nation state, from marxism and international law to pan-Arabist sentiment. A recurrent focus is the issue of the "Jewish nation," its relation to Zionism, and the Holocaust as a climax to one trajectory of Western nationalism. Drawing on a wealth of examples from a wide geographical range, this volume will be essential reading for scholars of contemporary history, political science, and the social theory of the modern state. The volume, the majority of which has appeared in the Journal of Contemporary History (v. 26, no. 3/4), is dedicated to Walter Laqueur in recognition of his unique contribution to the history of modern nationalisms. "The 17 essays in this volume represent an impressive tribute--from scholars as diverse as Bernard Lewis, Zvi Yavetz, Michael Confino, and Paul Mendes-Flohrto--to the achievements of Walter Laqueur. . . . In fact, the book throughout reflects some of the impressive achievements of contemporary Israeli and Jewish scholarship." --Jewish Chronicle

Jehuda Reinharz and George L Mosse
Irving Louis Horowitz
Anti-Modernization, National Character and Social Structure
Gordon A Craig
On the Pleasure of Reading Diplomatic Correspondence
Paul Mendes-Flohr
Rosenzweig and the
A Non-Zionist Alliance

Martin van Creveld
The Clausewitzian Universe and the Law of War
Richard Breitman
Himmler and the `Terrible Secret' among the Executioners
Leni Yahil
Natonal Pride and Defeat
A Comparison of Danish and German Nationalism
Stanley G Payne

Nationalism, Regionalism and Micronationalism in Spain
Shlomo Ben-Ami
Basque Nationalism between Archaism and Modernity
Bernard Lewis
Barry Rubin
Pan-Arab Nationalism
The Ideological Dream as Compelling Force
Yaacov Shavit

The `Glorious Century' or the `Cursed Century'
Europe and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Nationalism

Billie Melman
Claiming the Nation's Past
The Invention of an Anglo-Saxon Tradition
Zvi Yavetz
An Eyewitness Note

Reflections on the Romanian Iron Guard
Michael Confino
Solzhenitsyn, the West, and the New Russian Nationalism

Shlomo Avineri
Marxism and Nationalism
Jehuda Reinharz
European Jewry and the Consolidation of Zionism
George L Mosse
The Jews and the Civic Religion of Nationalism

`The level of the contributions is extremely high, and the book will constitute a valuable source of ideas, information and bibliography for anyone concerned with nationalism or modern Jewish history' - Political Studies

`The 17 essays in this volume represent an impressive tribute.... In fact, the book throughout reflects some of the impressive achievements of contemporary Israeli and Jewish scholarship, notably the essays by Confino on Solzhenitsyn and Russian nationalism and by Zvi Yavetz on the Iron Guard in Romania.' - Jewish Chronicle

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ISBN: 9780803987661