Imagined Communities: Reflections On The Origin And Spread Of Nationalism
ISBN: 0860913295
EAN13: 9780860913290
Language: English
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 9.1" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson's brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983. Since then it has sold over a quarter of a million copies and is widely considered the most important book on the subject. In this greatly anticipated revised edition, Anderson updates and elaborates on the core question: What makes people live and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name?Anderson examines the creation and global spread of the 'imagined communities' of nationality, and explores the processes that created these communities: the territorialization of religious faiths, the decline of antique kingship, the interaction between capitalism and print, the development of secular languages-of-state, and changing conceptions of time and space. He shows how an originary nationalism born in the Americas was adopted by popular movements in Europe, by imperialist powers, and by the anti-imperialist resistances in Asia and Africa.In a new afterword, Anderson examines the extraordinary influence of Imagined Communities: he also explores the book's international publication and reception, from its first publication towards the end of the Cold War era to the present day.

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   A masterful essay critiques central issue of modern age
If you're looking for a quick answer to the hard questions that your professors ask, you are in the wrong place and perhaps the wrong class. What is presented is a remarkable and thoughtful examination of the rise of nationalism, and more importantly, the consciousness of nations, as constituted in individuals and in communitites. Mr. Anderson explores some of the necessary preconditions to modern conceptualizations of the nation in a manner that is accessible at once and deeply provocative. An essential read for any student of world politics, and for anyone who aspires to be an informed citizen in the coming decades.
   excellent book on nationalism
Although I don't subscribe to the ideals of nationalism, being a socialist, this book delves deeply and thoughtfully on an intriguing topic. The developing world was created on nationalism and now around the world, in countries that are developing, we are trying to stifle nationalist feelings because we, while the building blocks of nations are also very violent. Try to understand how nations are formed is very difficult and very complex, but this book sheds great light on the question of nationalism and how it is created everywhere, including here in america.