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Power and the Nation in European History


Len Scales, Oliver Zimmer, Anthony D. Smith, Susan Reynolds, John Breuilly, Patrick Wormald, Sarah Foot, Robin Frame, Geoffrey Hosking, Robert Frost, Ian McBride, Jennifer Heuer, Tim Thornton, Stuart Woolf, Abigail Green, Peter Mandler
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  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521608305

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  • Few would doubt the central importance of the nation in the making and unmaking of modern political communities. The long history of 'the nation' as a concept and as a name for various sorts of 'imagined community' likewise commands such acceptance. But when did the nation first become a fundamental political factor? This is a question which has been, and continues to be, far more sharply contested. A deep rift still separates 'modernist' perspectives, which view the political nation as a phenomenon limited to modern, industrialised societies, from the views of scholars concerned with the pre-industrial world who insist, often vehemently, that nations were central to pre-modern political life also. This book engages with these questions by drawing on the expertise of leading medieval, early modern and modern historians.

    • A comparative study of the formation of nations and nationalism in European history
    • The first volume to engage medieval, early modern and modern historians in debate on the origins and nature of nationalism
    • Features an international line up of leading theorists and historians
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    'The sixteen essays in L. Scales and O. Zimmer (eds), Power and the Nation in European History combine to form an excellent volume, ranging chronologically from medieval to modern times.' Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521608305
    • length: 402 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Len Scales and Oliver Zimmer
    Part I. Approaches and Debates:
    1. Were there nations in antiquity? Anthony D. Smith
    2. The idea of the nation as a political community Susan Reynolds
    3. Changes in the political uses of the nation: continuity or discontinuity? John Breuilly
    Part II. The Middle Ages:
    4. Germanic power structures: the early English experience Patrick Wormald
    5. The historiography of the Anglo-Saxon 'nation-state' Sarah Foot
    6. Exporting state and nation: English institutions and English identity in medieval Ireland Robin Frame
    7. Late medieval Germany: an under-Stated nation? Len Scales
    Part III. Routes to Modernity:
    8. The state and Russian national identity Geoffrey Hosking
    9. Ordering the kaleidoscope: the construction of identities in the lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth since 1569 Robert Frost
    10. Nationhood at the margin: identity, regionality and the English crown in the seventeenth century Tim Thornton
    11. The nation in the age of Revolution Ian McBride
    Part IV. Modernity:
    12. Enemies of the Nation? Nobles, foreigners and the constitution of national citizenship in the French Revolution Jennifer Heuer
    13. Nations, nation and power in Italy, c.1700–1915 Stuart Woolf
    14. Political institutions and nationhood in Germany, 1750–1914 Abigail Green
    15. Nation, nationalism and power in Switzerland, c.1760–1900 Oliver Zimmer
    16. Nation and power in the liberal state: Britain c.1800–c.1914 Peter Mandler.

  • Editors

    Len Scales, University of Durham
    Len Scales is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Durham. He has written articles for various journals such as Past and Present and the Journal of Contemporary History.

    Oliver Zimmer, University College, Oxford
    Oliver Zimmer was educated at the University of Zurich (Lic. Phil. I) and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD), and he began his academic career at the University of Durham in 1999. In 2005 he took up a University Lectureship (CUF) at the University of Oxford. Previous publications include A Contested Nation: History, Memory and Nationalism in Switzerland 1761–1891 (Cambridge, 2003) and Nationalism in Europe, 1890–1940 (2003).


    Len Scales, Oliver Zimmer, Anthony D. Smith, Susan Reynolds, John Breuilly, Patrick Wormald, Sarah Foot, Robin Frame, Geoffrey Hosking, Robert Frost, Ian McBride, Jennifer Heuer, Tim Thornton, Stuart Woolf, Abigail Green, Peter Mandler

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