May 2001, Polity
Understanding Nationalism commemorates the tenth
anniversary of the creation of the Association for the Study of
Ethnicity and Nationalism and in so doing it undoubtedly marks the
coming of age of nationalism as a subject for scholarly production
and debate. All the authors have written pioneering studies on
ethnicity and nationalism: Walker Connor and Steven Grosby on the
primordial attachments of nationalists, John Armstrong and Anthony
Smith on the historical and symbolic roots of nations, John
Hutchinson and Kosaku Yoshino on cultural nationalism, John
Breuilly on the relationship between state and nationalism,
Crawford Young on the relationship between nation-states and
cultural pluralism, Michael Mann on nationalism and politics, Nira
Yuval-Davis on gender and nation and Montserrat Guibernau on
This volume will be indispensable for anyone interested in the phenomenon of nationalism today and will be widely recommended on courses in politics, sociology and related disciplines.
2 The State and Nationalism John Breuilly.
3 Homelands in a World of States Walker Connor.
4 Nations and Culture John Hutchinson.
5 Nationality and Religion Steven Grosby.
6 Nationalism, Feminism and Gender Relations Nira Yuval-Davis.
7 Japanese Nationalism in a Marketplace Perspective Kosaku Yoshino.
8 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Africa Crawford Young.
9 Postcommunism and Nationalism John Armstrong.
10 Explaining Murderous Ethnic Cleansing: The Macro-Level Michael Mann.
11 Globalization and the Nation-State Montserrat Guibernau.
John Hutchinson is lecturer in Nationalism in Europe at the London School of Economics and Political Science
A All of the contributors are well known international figures in the field
A Represents a variety of outlooks including history, sociology, politics, gender studies and ethnography.
'Because of its variety of disciplinary outlooks, its ability to
link theoretical analysis to contemporary issues and its
combination of keen academic debates and clear explanations of
different approaches, frameworks and themes, Understanding
Nationalism is an indispensible book for scholars working in
the field and highly recommended for students dealing with the
complex issues of nationalism and identity. This book shows the
relevance of the study of nationalism to our understanding of the
contemporary world and will probably become one of the seminal
works on nationalism of the decade.' Studies in Ethnicity and
"The result is worthy of applause and merits the attention of all serious scholars working in the field...the editors have succeeded in inspiring the creation of original, learned and interesting essays, written by well-established scholars whose mind seems forever to be expanding to encompass the most recent event, the most subtle movement. The reader is aware of being in the presence of greatness." Athena S.Leoussi, Ethnic and Racial studies