Why Has Nationalism Come Roaring Back?
Trump in America, Brexit in the U.K., anti-EU parties in Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, and Hungary, and nativist or authoritarian leaders in Turkey, Russia, India, and China -- Why has nationalism suddenly returned with a vengeance? Is the world headed back to the fractious conflicts between nations that led to world wars and depression in the early 20th Century? Why are nationalists so angry about free trade and immigration? Why has globalization become a dirty word?
Based on travels in America, Europe, and Asia, veteran political analyst John B. Judis found that almost all people share nationalist sentiments that can be the basis of vibrant democracies as well as repressive dictatorships. Today's outbreak of toxic "us vs. them" nationalism is an extreme reaction to utopian cosmopolitanism, which advocates open borders, free trade, rampant outsourcing, and has branded nationalist sentiments as bigotry.
Can a new international order be created that doesn't dismiss what is constructive about nationalism? As he did for populism in The Populist Explosion, a runaway success after the 2016 election, Judis looks at nationalism from its modern origins in the 1800s to today to find answers.
About the Author
John B. Judis is Editor at Large, Talking Points Memo, and previously a senior editor at The New Republic and a senior writer for The National Journal. He is the author of The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics, one of the first books to explain Donald Trump's historic candidacy, as well as seven other acclaimed books about politics and international relations.
He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The American Prospect, and The Washington Post.
""John B. Judis is the rare left-of-center journalist who takes our populist-nationalist moment seriously. Rather than dismiss the leaders and constituencies of the American and European movements as mere xenophobes, he offers an empathetic balls-and-strikes analysis of the socioeconomic factors that made--and continue to make--such campaigns viable." -- The American Conservative
"John B. Judis, author of The Nationalist Revival, does not see a death-match between imperial liberalism on the one hand and nationalism on the other. His book argues that elites have overreached, both in the U.S. and in Europe, in advocating large-scale immigration and trade deals and foreign interventions. As a result, Mr. Judis - a former New Republic editor who has long supported progressive and pro-labor economic policies - calls for a synthesis between liberalism and nationalism." -- The Wall Street Journal
"The longtime political journalist limns the rise of Trumpian nationalism in the face of a bewilderingly global world." -- Kirkus Reviews