Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality by E. J. Hobsbawm

By E. J. Hobsbawm

An replace to the vintage textual content, excellent for these attracted to worldwide politics and nationalism! countries and Nationalism considering the fact that 1780 is Eric Hobsbawm's broadly acclaimed and hugely readable inquiry into the query of nationalism. occasions within the past due 20th century in jap Europe and the Soviet republics have considering bolstered the significant value of nationalism within the background of the political evolution and upheaval. This moment version has been up-to-date in mild of these occasions, with a last bankruptcy addressing the effect of the dramatic alterations that experience taken position. additionally integrated are extra maps to demonstrate nationalities, languages and political divisions throughout Europe within the 19th and 20th centuries.

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At the last coronation before him, in 1774, there had been 2,40c 2 3 As we shall see, after 1870 democratization would make this problem of legitimacy and the mobilization of citizens both urgent and acute. For governments the central item in the equation state = nation = people was plainly the state. But what was the locus of the nation, or for that matter the equation state = nation = people in whatever order of terms, in the theoretical discourse of those who, after all, impressed their character most firmly on the European nineteenth century, and especially on the period when the 'principle of nationality' changed its map in the most dramatic way, namely the period from 1830 to 1880: the liberal bourgeoisies and their intellectuals?

1 In that book Cherniavsky discusses, among other matters, the concept of 'Holy Russia' or 'the holy Russian land', a term for which he finds relatively few parallels, the closest being 'Holy Ireland'. He might perhaps have added 'das heil'ge Land Tirol' (The holy land Tyrol) for an interesting comparison and contrast. e. e. as the only source of salvation for mankind. At least this would be the Tsar's view. But such reflections are not strictly germane, for the phrase did not come into wide use until the time of troubles in the early seventeenth century when Tsar and state virtually disappeared.

69 It did not even matter to those who considered 'the Polish Question' that probably most Polish-speaking peasants (not to mention the third of the population of the old pre-1772 Rzecspopolita who spoke other idioms) did not yet feel themselves to be nationalist Poles; as the eventual liberator of Poland, Colonal Pilsudski recognized in his phrase: 'It is the state which makes the nation and 68 6y Cf. Ivo Banac, The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics (Ithaca and London 1984), pp.

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