Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
What makes people love and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name? While many studies have been written on nationalist political movements, the sense of nationality—the personal and cultural feeling of belonging to the nation—has not received proportionate attention. In this widely acclaimed work, Benedict Anderson examines the creation and global spread of the 'imagined communities' of nationality.
Anderson explores the processes that created these communities: the territorialisation of religious faiths, the decline of antique kingship, the interaction between capitalism and print, the development of vernacular languages-of-state, and changing conceptions of time. He shows how an originary nationalism born in the Americas was modularly adopted by popular movements in Europe, by the imperialist powers, and by the anti-imperialist resistances in Asia and Africa.
This revised edition includes two new chapters, one of which discusses the complex role of the colonialist state's mindset in the development of Third World nationalism, while the other analyses the processes by which all over the world, nations came to imagine themselves as old.
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Review: Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of NationalismUser Review - Carolyn Vieira-Martinez - Goodreads
It may be a convenient starter for new graduate students or advanced undergraduates, extraordinary as it is, but it reproduces and reinforces too many orientalist perspectives for me to give it 5 stars. Read full review
Review: Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of NationalismUser Review - Ivana - Goodreads
Fresh, comprehensive and detailed analysis, plus a lot of interesting facts about the (post)colonialist wave of nationalism. One cannot ask for more! Read full review
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