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Preview — The Myth of Nations by Patrick J. Geary
The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origins of Europe
To demonstrate how the historiography affects and being affected by our convictions and beliefs, he brings the example of Zulu tribe and its ...more
In sum, Geary argues that the medieval territories that now comprise contemporary European nations did not view themselves as bound to each other, and consequently it is erroneous to speak of the "nation" of England (or France, or Germany, or Greece) during ancient and medieval time periods. With the 18th century the concept of a "nation" was developed, and ...more
Nacionalizam je tvorevina romantizma 19. veka u kombinaciji sa „naučnom“ istorijom i indoevropskom filologijom. Nema tu ničeg drevnog. Pogleda na prošlost je zamagljen istorijskim istraživanjima u poslednja dva veka. Nacionalističke istorije se pre temelje na političkim i kulturnim shvatanjima autora koji ih pišu nego na stvarnim činjenicama.
Nacionalističke metode obuhvataju ...more
“When contemporary nationalists appeal to history, their notion of history is static: they look to the moment of primary acquisition, when ‘their people,’ first arriving in the ruins of the Roman Empire, established their sacred territory and their national identity. This is the very antithesis of history. The history of European peoples in Late ...more
What is a nation? It is an idea, mostly a lie that philologists made up, and then political states took to "legitimize" their power and justify "reclaiming" land that "rightfully" belongs to them.
This is why I like Thucydides so much. He is so honest. "You are weak. I am strong. Therefore, I will kill you and take your land. Goodbye."
In a few tumultuous months, that Iron Curtain, which had not only isolated the East but sheltered the West, rose to reveal a vast and profoundly dangerous Europe that stretched east to the Urals (p.2-3).
Patrick Geary wrote these words in 2002, long before the Great Recession set in and the European Union turned on itself, and yet they seem to speak directly to us. This book shows that the foundational myths of modern European nation-states are sorely lacking. At best, they're covers for an...more
Um mundo sem fronteiras – era assim antes do invento das nações. Para aqueles que se sentem orgulhosos de “sua terra” e “seu povo”, este livro mostra que estes não são nada mais, nada menos, que convenções modernas que freqüentemente visam a afirmação de uma minoria de poder ...more
I had come to many of his conclusions via my research into the period 400 – 1000 in Europe, so the book came as no shock. The move in history writing of seeing this era, and ethnogeneses, in a more complex light has been on the rise for decades, ...more