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Faces of Nationalism : Janus Revisited - Tom Nairn

Faces of Nationalism

Janus Revisited

By: Tom Nairn

Paperback Published: 17th February 1998
ISBN: 9781859841945
Number Of Pages: 260

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Over the past few decades, Tom Nairn has become one of the most respected and provocative writers on questions of nationalism, British politics and the constitution. In his seminal essay, “The Modern Janus,” Nairn argued for the democratic necessity of nationalism in the modern world. Here, in this strikingly original and timely new work, he addresses the subsequent upheavals caused by nationalism.

In Faces of Nationalism Tom Nairn argues that nation-building movements from 1750 to 1990 have saved the world from imperial barbarism. Contrary to many gloomy prognoses following the Soviet and Yugoslav collapses, Nairn argues that the chaos feared by so many observers is neither endless nor one-sidedly destructive. While insisting that nationalism is as inescapable as ever, Nairn shows how its forms and content are shifting. The ethnic definition of the national is giving way to the civic, the “natural” to the designed. Nairn believes that today’s more civic and secular nationalism is a key feature of modernity and not an archaic reaction against it.

Tom Nairn’s wide-ranging discussion takes in Ireland and Palestine, Bosnia and the Czech and Slovak republics, Cambodia and Rwanda, South Africa and Scotland. Faces of Nationalism is a work that demands to be read by anyone wanting to understand one of the central features of politics in the modern world.

Introduction: On Studying Nationalismp. 1
The Internationale: Questions of Rootednessp. 21
Internationalism: A Critiquep. 25
The Owl of Minervap. 47
Demonising Nationalityp. 57
Faces of Nationalism: The Modern Janusp. 71
From Civil Society to Civic Nationalism: Evolutions of a Mythp. 73
The Curse of Rurality: Limits of Modernisation Theoryp. 90
Race and Nationalismp. 113
Cities and Nationalismp. 122
The Small Battalions: The Question of Scalep. 133
Andorrap. 135
Micro-statesp. 143
A Civic-Nationalist Divorce: Czechs and Slovaksp. 150
Ulsterp. 157
Palestinep. 167
Scotland: The Question of Scotlandp. 179
Identities of Scotlandp. 183
Empire and Unionp. 194
Sovereignty After the Electionp. 210
Notesp. 225
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9781859841945
ISBN-10: 1859841945
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 17th February 1998
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1