Faith in Nation: Exclusionary Origins of Nationalism

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byAnthony W. Marx

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In a startling departure from the unquestioning liberal consensus that has governed discussions of nationalism for the past quarter century, Marx exposes the hidden underside of Western nationalism. Arguing that the true history of the nation began two hundred years earlier, in the earlymodern era, he shows how state builders set about deliberately constructing a sense of national solidarity to support their burgeoning authority. Key to this process was the transfer of power from local to central rulers; the most suitable vehicle for effecting this transfer was religion. Religiousintolerance, specifically the exclusion of religious minorities from the nascent state, provided the glue that bound together the remaining populations. Exposing the West's idealization of its exclusionary past, Marx forcefully undermines the distinction between a Western nationalism that is civicand tolerant by definition and an oriental nationalism founded on ethnicity and intolerance.

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In a startling departure from the unquestioning liberal consensus that has governed discussions of nationalism for the past quarter century, Marx exposes the hidden underside of Western nationalism. Arguing that the true history of the nation began two hundred years earlier, in the earlymodern era, he shows how state builders set about...

Anthony Marx is the 18th President of Amherst College. Previously, he was Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for Historical Social Science at Columbia University. He is the author of Making Race and Nation: A Comparison of the United States, South Africa, and Brazil, winner of the Barrington Moore Prize, and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.51 × 8.7 × 1.1 inPublished:March 18, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. History and Arguments2. Amassing State and Gathering Storm3. Founding Exclusions4. Interregnums of Coexistence and State-Building5. Cohesion by Exclusion, Redux from Above6. Superimposing Democratic Inclusion on Forgotten Exclusions7. Angel of History and Patron Saint of NationalismNotesBibliographyIndex

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"This book is a major addition to the social science literature on nationalism; it is also a powerful argument against many of the most celebrated contemporary writers on the subject... The central point of the book is that nationalism results from a process of exclusion (most other writershave stressed inclusion), and particularly from internal discord over religion. As both a political scientist and a scrupulous historian, Marx uses this powerful scheme to explain and differentiate events that occurred in Spain, France, and England in the age of domestic religious conflicts. In thisremarkable book, it is Sant Bartholomew whom the author proposes as the patron of nationalism. A grim view, but a rich and persuasive argument."--Foreign Affairs