Book cover from Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson
Book cover 'Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism'

Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

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Edition: Revised
Published: 09-13-2016
ISBN: 1784786756
Pages: 256
Publisher: Verso
List Price: $19.95

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The defining best selling book on the history origins and development of nationalism What are the imagined communities that compel men to kill or to die for an idea of a nation This notion of nationhood had its origins in the founding of the Americas but was then adopted and transformed by populist movements in nineteenth century Europe It became the rallying cry for anti Imperialism as well as the abiding explanation for colonialism In this scintillating groundbreaking work of intellectual history Anderson explores how ideas are formed and reformulated at every level from high politics to popular culture and the way that they can make people do extraordinary things In the twenty first century these debates on the nature of the nation state are even more urgent As new nations rise vying for influence and old empires decline we must understand who we are as a community in the face of history and change The world famous work on the origins and development of nationalism The full magnitude of Benedict Anderson s intellectual achievement is still being appreciated and debated Imagined Communities remains the most influential book on the origins of nationalism filling the vacuum that previously existed in the traditions of Western thought Cited more often than any other single English language work in the human sciences it is read around the world in more than thirty translations Written with exemplary clarity this illuminating study traces the emergence of community as an idea to South America rather than to nineteenth century Europe Later this sense of belonging was formed and reformulated at every level from high politics to popular culture through print literature maps and museums Following the rise and conflict of nations and the decline of empires Anderson draws on examples from South East Asia Latin America and Europe s recent past to show how nationalism shaped the modern world What makes people love and die for nations as w

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