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The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and Nationalism (The Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures)

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In the first theoretical analysis of historiographical debates about ethnicity and nationalism, Anthony Smith provides a probing account of historians' assumptions and explanations of nationalism in different historical epochs. Ranging broadly over the contributions and divergent perspectives of historians, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and others who ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Brandeis University Press (first published 2000)
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frisco - فریسکو
Sono onesto: sicuramente c'entra anche il fatto che preferisco altri autori, e che "l'etnosimbolismo" di A.D. Smith proprio non riesco a concepirlo.
Però questo libro, con tutti i concetti quali "l'ethnie" di Smith stesso, più gli altri delle diverse scuole del dibattito scientifico che Smith si propone di elencare e valutare, è davvero troppo succinto, e dà tante cose per scontate; certamente non è il primo libro da leggere per avvicinarsi all'argomento, così interessante, del nazionalismo, del
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Supriyo Chaudhuri
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting historiography of nationalism covering a lot of ground, organised around three major debates - about the nature of nations (organic and primordial or voluntary and political), origins of nationalism (perennial or modern) and its role in historical change (socially constructed or ethnosymbolic). I found it heavy going in places and wondered how it was delivered as a lecture, with many themes and ideas jostling with one another, but found it useful in writing an essay.
Simon
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reasonable account of the debate around nationalism and ethnicity among mostly British historians. It's ironic that it has a nationalist focus itself which skews the narrative.
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Anthony D. Smith was Professor Emeritus of Nationalism and Ethnicity at the London School of Economics, and is considered one of the founders of the interdisciplinary field of nationalism studies. His best-known contributions to the field are the distinction between 'civic' and 'ethnic' types of nations and nationalism, and the idea that all nations have dominant 'ethnic cores'. While Smith agreed ...more