By Prof Anthony D Smith, Anthony Smith
This e-book represents a much-needed analytical survey of present theories of nationalism by means of one of many major specialists within the box. It contextualizes the recent insights into nationalism and its courting with states and state-building on one hand, and ethnicity and ethnic revival at the different. Anthony Smith assesses the contributions of key figures within the box. Given the level of nationalist and ethnic phenomena and the range of ways that have been recommend, Smith's available account will turn out an crucial consultant.
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They were real sociological communities disposing of the political weight of the world’s populations and the sole legitimating and coordinating principle of interstate relations and activity; nations were the constructs of their citizens, and notably of their leaders and elites, and were built up through a variety of processes and institutions. ; nations were the sole framework, vehicle and beneficiary of social and political development, the only instrument for assuring the needs of all citizens in the production and distribution of resources and the only means of assuring sustainable development.
It is the establishment of an anonymous, impersonal society, with mutually substitutable, atomised individuals, held together above all by a shared culture of this kind…. That is what really happens. : 57) Further light is thrown on the relationship between the old ‘low’ and the modern ‘high’ cultures when Gellner vigorously separates the principle of nationalism (‘nationalism-in-general’) from the particular manifestations of nationalism (‘specific nationalism’). Against those who would argue that nationalism is sociologically, as well as logically, contingent, Gellner claims that it has deep roots in the modern condition and will not easily be denied.
Even if we concede the empirical point, the question of loyalty remains: why should anyone ardently identify with an official, school culture? We know from seventy years of communism how ineffective even two generations of mass indoctrination can be. Are we to believe that within a single generation peasants become French patriots simply because they have been processed through a common educational curriculum and school system, and because of this are The culture of industrialism 39 prepared to the en masse for the patrie en danger?