Nationalism and Culture is a detailed and scholarly study of the development of nationalism and the changes in human cultures from the dawn of history to the present day and an analysis of the relations of these to one another. It tells the story of the growth of the State and the other institutions of authority and their influence on life and manners, on architecture and art, on literature and thought.
"An important contribution to political philosophy, both on account of its penetrating and widely informative analysis of many famous writers, and on account of the brilliant criticism of state-worship. I hope it will be widely read in all those countries where disinterested thinking is not yet illegal." - Bertrand Russell
"An important contribution to our thought about human society: it is the work not merely of a keen, well-poised mind, but of a deeply humane personality. ... Nationalism and Culture, in short, is a book worthy to be placed on the same shelf that holds Candide, The Rights of Man and Mutual Aid." - Lewis Mumford
"I find the book extraordinarily original and illuminating. Many facts and relationships are presented in it in a novel and convincing fashion." - Albert Einstein
"It is impossible to give an adequate review of a book so dense with facts. I can only state that where I have special knowledge, as in the history of art, I have invariably found these facts correct. I find Rocker tolerant, modest, and aware of the essential values in culture. In one word, I find him infinitely sympathetic." - Herbert Read