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Nationalism and Transnational History


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Speaker(s): Professor John Breuilly, Dr Faisal Devji, Dr Mark Hewitson
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

Recorded on 13 March 2013 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.

This discussion will mark the launch of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism edited by Professor John Breuilly.

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism comprises thirty six essays by an international team of leading scholars, providing a global coverage of the history of nationalism in its different aspects—ideas, sentiments, and politics. Every chapter takes the form of an interpretative essay which, by a combination of thematic focus, comparison, and regional perspective, enables the reader to understand nationalism as a distinct and global historical subject.

The book covers the emergence of nationalist ideas, sentiments, and cultural movements before the formation of a world of nationstates, as well as nationalist politics before and after the era of the nation-state, with chapters covering Europe, the Middle East, North-East Asia, South Asia, South-East Asia, Sub- Saharan Africa, and the Americas. Essays on everyday national sentiment and race ideas in fascism are accompanied by chapters on nationalist movements opposed to existing nation-states, nationalism and international relations, and the role of external intervention into nationalist disputes within states. In addition, the book looks at the major challenges to nationalism: international socialism, religion, pan-nationalism, and globalization, before a final section considering how historians have approached the subject of nationalism.

John Breuilly is professor of nationalism and ethnicity at LSE.

Dr Faisal Devji is reader in Indian History, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford.

Dr Mark Hewitson is senior lecturer in German History and Politics in the Department of German at University College London.

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