For Love of Country: An Essay On Patriotism and Nationalism

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byMaurizio Viroli

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Nationalism and patriotism are two of the most powerful forces shaping world history. Though seen by many as two sides of the same coin, they have developed widely different connotations. Nationalism is increasingly seen as destructive, and at the root of the world's bloodiest conflicts;patriotism seems something more benign, a political virtue. How are we to mark the distinction between these two phenomena? How can we rescue patriotism from the tainted grasp of nationalism? Reconstructing the historical the meaning of the terms, Maurizio Viroli shows how the two concepts have been used within specific cultural and ideological contexts.He reviews the political though of Italy, England, and Germany and shows how patriotism and nationalism have fundamentally different roots. Professor Viroli concludes that it is morally unacceptable, and indeed unnecessary, to be a nationalist to defend the values that nationalists hold dear. Patriotism, however, is a valuable source of civic responsibility.

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A thoughtful history of two controversial ideas--patriotism and nationalism--ideologies that aim to reinforce and channel two different and powerful political passions. Political scientist Maurizio Viroli demonstrates that while it is morally acceptable to be a patriot, it is unacceptable and unnecessary to be a nationalist to defend t...

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Nationalism and patriotism are two of the most powerful forces shaping world history. Though seen by many as two sides of the same coin, they have developed widely different connotations. Nationalism is increasingly seen as destructive, and at the root of the world's bloodiest conflicts;patriotism seems something more benign, a polit...

Maurizio Viroli is at Princeton University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198293585

ISBN - 13:9780198293583

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Legacy of Republican Patriotism2. Decline and Revival3. Patriotism and the Politics of the Ancients4. The Birth of the Language of Nationalism5. The Nationalization of PatriotismEpilogue: Patriotism without Nationalism

From Our Editors

A thoughtful history of two controversial ideas--patriotism and nationalism--ideologies that aim to reinforce and channel two different and powerful political passions. Political scientist Maurizio Viroli demonstrates that while it is morally acceptable to be a patriot, it is unacceptable and unnecessary to be a nationalist to defend the values that nationalists hold

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`The students of patriotic emotions and arguments will find in Viroli's book many quotations and discussions of well known and lesser known thinkers on the topic ...'Jean Tournon, Nationalism and Ethic Politics vol.3 no.1,1997