Nationalism Five Roads to Modernity

ISBN-10: 0674603192

ISBN-13: 9780674603196

Edition: 1992

Authors: Liah Greenfeld

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Nationalism is a movement and a state of mind that brings together national identity, consciousness, and collectivities. It accomplished the great transformation from the old order to modernity; it placed imagination above production, distribution, and exchange; and it altered the nature of power over people and territories that shapes and directs the social and political world. A five-country study that spans five hundred years, this historically oriented work in sociology bids well to replace all previous works on the subject. The theme, simple yet complex, suggests that England was the front-runner, with its earliest sense of selfconscious nationalism and its pragmatic ways; it utilized existing institutions while transforming itself. The Americans followed, with no formed institutions to impede them. France, Germany, and Russia took the same, now marked, path, modifying nationalism in the process. Nationalism/title is based on empirical data in four languages--legal documents; period dictionaries; memoirs; correspondence; literary works; theological, political, and philosophical writings; biographies; statistics; and histories. Nowhere else is the complex interaction of structural, cultural, and psychological factors so thoroughly explained. Nowhere else are concepts like identity, anomie, and elites brought so refreshingly to life.
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List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/15/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 596
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Liah Greenfeld is University Professor and Professor of Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology at Boston University.

God's Firstborn: England
Reflection of the National Consciousness in Discourse and Sentiment
The New Aristocracy, the New Monarchy, and the Protestant Reformation
The English Bible, the Bloody Regiment of Queen Mary, and the Burning Matter of Dignity
England as God's Peculiar People, and the Token of His Love
The Sound of Their Voices
The Changing Position of the Crown and Religion in the National Consciousness
A Land of Experimental Knowledge
The Three Identities of France
The Development of Pre-National French Identity France--a Church, and the Faith of the "Fleur de Lys"
Heresy and Its Child
The King and His State
The Social Bases of the Nationalization of French Identity and the Character of the Nascent National Consciousness
Turns of the Social Wheel: The Plight of the French Aristocracy
The Perilous Escape: Redefinition and Reorganization of the Noblesse
The Birth of the French Nation
Nation, the Supreme Being
Competition with England and Ressentiment
A Note on Non-Elite Nationalism
The Scythian Rome: Russia
Perestroika in the Eighteenth Century
The Crisis of the Nobility
The West and Ressentiment
The Laying of the Foundations
Transvaluation of Values: The Crystallization of the Matrix of Russian Nationalism
The Two-Headed Eagle
The Final Solution of Infinite Longing: Germany
The Setting
The Conception and Miscarriage of Nationalism in the Sixteenth Century
The Early Evolution of the Concept of the State
The Insouciance of German Nobility prior to the Nineteenth Century
Bildungsburgertum: The Dangerous Class
The Birth of the Spirit: The Preparation of the Mold for the German National Consciousness
The Materialization of the Spirit
The Impact of the French Revolution
The Birth of German Nationalism
The Finishing Touch: Ressentiment
The Twin Blossoms of the Blue Flower
In Pursuit of the Ideal Nation: The Unfolding of Nationality in America
America as a New England
The Separation
A Union Begun by Necessity
The Tug-of-War: The Persisting Threat of Secession and the Development of National Unity
Inconsistencies and Tensions
The Trial and Completion of American Nationality
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