Nationalism and the Multination State by Alain DieckhoffNationalism and the Multination State by Alain Dieckhoff

Nationalism and the Multination State

byAlain Dieckhoff

Paperback | October 15, 2016

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Published in English for the first time, this book defends the idea that nationhood remains a central aspect of modernity. After the breakup of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the following decade confirmed this hypothesis with the rise of independence movements in Europe (inScotland and Flanders) and the persistence of claims to nationhood the world over (for example, in Kurdistan and Tibet). A dual perspective informs Dieckhoff's analysis: to understand the hidden social and cultural underpinnings of post-Cold War identity dynamics, from Kosovo to Catalonia and from Flanders to Corsica, and to examine how societies can meet the challenge of national pluralism. Finding liberalism,republicanism and multiculturalism unequal to this task, he argues that only by building "multi-nation" democratic states can the issues be properly addressed and secessions prevented. Contemporary liberal discourse often treats nationalism as an archaic aberration -- as a primitive form of tribalism astray in the modern world. Dieckhoff's sensitive and clear-headed analysis shows why nationalism is in fact a fundamental facet of modernity, which must be dealt with as such bystates vulnerable to breakup.
Alain Dieckhoff is senior research fellow at CNRS and director of CERI Sciences Po. His research focuses on politics, contemporary society and transformation of the state in Israel, as well as contemporary nationalism. He is a member of the advisory council of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and author of...
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Title:Nationalism and the Multination StateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2016Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190607912

ISBN - 13:9780190607913

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"This book explains why nationalism has been so successful at taking root in liberal democratic contexts. It is one of the best books in the field of political science in the last decade. --Alain G. Gagnon, Canada Research Chair, University of Quebec at Montreal