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Myths and Memories of the Nation - Anthony D. Smith

Myths and Memories of the Nation

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780198295341
Number Of Pages: 296

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Nations and nationalism remain powerful phenomena in the contemporary world. Why do they continue to inspire such passion and attachments? Myths and Memories of the Nation explores the roots of nationalism by examining the myths, symbols and memories of the nation through a 'ethno-symbolic' approach. The book reveals the continuing power of myth and memory to mobilise, define and shape people and their destinies. It examines the variety and durability of ethnic attachments and national identities, and assesses the contemporary revival of ethnic conflicts and nationalism. The book analyses the depth of ethnic attachments and the persistence of nations to this day.

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'Why is it that so many people remain so deeply attached to their ethnic communities and nations at the close of the second millennium? Why do myths, memories, and symbols of the nation command such widespread loyalty and devotion?' These are the central questions answered eloquently and convincingly by Professor Smith in his latest work. Nations and Nationalism

Introduction: `Ethno-symbolism' and the study of nationalism Part I - Ethno-history and National Identity l: Nationalism and the Historians 2: National Identity and Myths of Ethnic Descent 3: The Problem of National Identity: Ancient, Medieval and Modern? 4: Chosen Peoples: Why Ethnic Groups Survive 5: Nation and Ethnoscape Part II - Myths and Memories of Modern Nations 6: Gastronomy or Geology? The Role of Nationalism in the Reconstruction of Nations 7: Ethnic Nationalism and the Plight of Minorities 8: Zionism and Diaspora Nationalism 9: National Identity and the Idea of European Unity 10: The Resurgence of Nationalism? Myth and Memory in the Renewal of Nations

ISBN: 9780198295341
ISBN-10: 0198295340
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 16.41  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.61

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