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Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

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ISBN: 9780860915461    Publisher: Verso Books Year of publishing: 1991     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 192        
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...Read more
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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About the author: Benedict Anderson
Benedict Anderson is Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Cornell University. He is the author of Java in a Time of Revolution,... Read more
Benedict Anderson is Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Cornell University. He is the author of Java in a Time of Revolution, Literature and Politics in Siam in the American Era and Language and Power: Exploring Political Cultures in Indonesia.
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Review:
... sparkling, readable, densely packed..." -- Peter Worsley, Guardian "... a brilliant little book." -- Neal Ascherson, The Observer

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