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When is a Nation? Towards an Understanding of Theories of Nationalism

Atsuko Ichijo, Gordana Uzelac (eds)
Routledge (August 2005)

This new collection of key authors on nationalism presents the latest thinking on this fundamental aspect of politics, international relations and sociology. 

The authors comprehensively explain and address the key contemporary question in nationalism studies - when is the nation? Or what point in a nation's history is it born? - with authority and freshness. The world is still deeply imbedded in the language and practice of nations and nationalism and they remain central parts in understanding human society. This comparison and contrast of the main approaches reveals their strengths and weaknesses. 

The book introduces the main schools of thought with clarity and concision; tackles the most pertinent questions in nationalism; delivers both theoretical and empirical perspectives; uses an innovative new interactive debate format with questions and answers; and presented key case studies bringing theory to life. The inclusion of case studies gives the reader a fresh insight into specific nations and national groups, including the US, Greece, England and Fiji. The accessible debate format puts main theories and thinkers to the test, enabling the reader to interact with the issues directly.