The Cultural Foundations of Nations: Hierarchy, Covenant, and Republic
Introduction: The Theoretical Debate.
1 The Concept and its Varieties.
2 Ethnic and Religious Roots.
3 Community in the Ancient World.
4 Hierarchical Nations.
5 Covenantal Nations.
6 Republican Nations.
7 Alternative Destinies.
“Smith’s attempt to reintegrate pre-modern history into the study of nations and nationalism is certainly to be welcomed, as it highlights the degree to which even modern nationalism draws on cultural practices and ideological concepts that are indeed of very old origin.” (Journal of Contemporary History, July 2009)
"In its organization, theory, and scholarship, the book is outstanding." (CHOICE)
- Major new work by a leading historical sociologist
- Challenges the prevailing idea of nationalism as a product of modernity
- Demonstrates that different political forms of community and collective identity from pre-modern times have contributed to the formation and character of nations
- Analyzes the chronology and nature of nations, from the ancient world, to the European Middle Ages, the early modern, and the modern eras
- Discusses alternative destinies facing modern nations today