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Nationalism and the prevalence of ethnic conflict are features of contemporary politics. Many commentators have viewed such conflicts as a return to some primitive impulse. Andreas Wimmer's book argues that nationalism is in fact characteristic of the modern world, deriving from the nature of the state. He argues that the nation-state rests on membership of a particular ethnic or national group, and the exclusion of non-members, creating the potential for conflict. Containing detailed studies of Mexico, Iraq and Switzerland, this is an original contribution to a topical debate.Read more
- Topical subject - the book intervenes in an ongoing debate on nationalism and ethnic conflict
- An original selection of detailed case studies
- Will appeal to students of nationalism, as well as to social theorists
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"...engaging, well-written, and well-organized...The author illustrates his argument with excellent case studies..." American Journal of Sociology
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- Date Published: July 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521011853
- length: 332 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.49kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus.
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
Part I. Theoretical Explorations:
1. Compromise and closure: a theory of social dynamics
2. The making of modern communities
Part II. State Building and Ethnic Conflict:
3. Who owns the state? Ethnic conflicts after the end of empires
4. Nationalism and ethnic mobilisation in Mexico
5. From empire to ethnocracy. Iraq since the Ottomans
Part III. The Politics of Exclusion in Nationalised States:
6. Racism and xenophobia
7. Nationalising multi-ethnic Switzerland.
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