Myths and Memories of the Nation

Paperback | October 15, 1999

byAnthony D. Smith

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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 bookanalyses the depth of ethnic attachments and the persistence of nations to this day.

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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 powe...

Anthony D. Smith is Professor of Ethnicity and Nationalism, European Institute, London School of Economics.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296843

ISBN - 13:9780198296843

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Table of Contents

Introduction: `Ethno-symbolism' and the study of nationalismPart I - Ethno-history and National Identityl. Nationalism and the Historians2. National Identity and Myths of Ethnic Descent3. The Problem of National Identity: Ancient, Medieval and Modern?4. Chosen Peoples: Why Ethnic Groups Survive5. Nation and EthnoscapePart II - Myths and Memories of Modern Nations6. Gastronomy or Geology? The Role of Nationalism in the Reconstruction of Nations7. Ethnic Nationalism and the Plight of Minorities8. Zionism and Diaspora Nationalism9. National Identity and the Idea of European Unity10. The Resurgence of Nationalism? Myth and Memory in the Renewal of Nations

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`fine collection of essays ... a rich and thought-provoking work.' Stanley Hoffmann, Political Studies, Vol.48, No.4, Sept. 00.