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By Atsuko Ichijo

This ebook is the 1st to use the idea of a number of modernities to the learn of nationalism, interpreting the modernity of nationalism via 3 significant case-studies: Anglo-British, Finnish and eastern.      

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Scottish nationalism in the age of nationalism is famously described as ‘the dog that did not bark’ (Nairn 1977) and much ink has been spent to tackle this mystery (for example, Finlay 1994, Harvie 1994, Hechter 1975, Kidd 1993, McCrone 1992, Morton 1999, Ichijo 2004). The consensus of these series of deliberations is that Scottish nationalism did not disappear in the period under question but it was expressed in a different format. Graeme Morton suggests it was ‘unionist nationalism’ (Morton 1999).

While Kumar argues that British nationalism is imperial and missionary in its essence and that the Empire is the cornerstone in understanding both British and English nationalism, Bernard Porter (2004) has challenged the centrality of the British Empire in British society in the nineteenth century, not in a dissimilar sense to what is attributed to John Robert Steerly, that the British Empire was acquired in a fit of absence of mind. Porter doubts if there was any imperial culture as a dominant framework to make sense of the world for most of the people in most of the nineteenth century, which also asks for a re-examination of the conventional wisdom that the encounter with the ‘other’ prompts intense self-reflection, a hallmark of being modern.

If approached in this manner, the English, Scottish and Anglo-British cases do not need any further examination in terms of the relationship between nationalism and modernity. Still, each of the English, Scottish and Anglo-British cases has been occasionally described as not being typical. Scottish nationalism in the age of nationalism is famously described as ‘the dog that did not bark’ (Nairn 1977) and much ink has been spent to tackle this mystery (for example, Finlay 1994, Harvie 1994, Hechter 1975, Kidd 1993, McCrone 1992, Morton 1999, Ichijo 2004).

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