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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Theories of Nationalism

A Critical Introduction

ISBN 9780333982679
Publication Date February 2000
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Despite the political and academic currency of nationalism, there have been very few attempts to provide a theoretical survey of the field. This book aims to fill this gap by offering a comprehensive overview of recent theories of nationalism, as well as a detailed summary of major criticisms raised against each of them. Casting doubt on the fundamental assumptions of mainstream analyses, the book concludes by proposing an analytical framework for the study of nationalism that incorporates the theoretical advances made by feminism, postcolonialism and postmodernism into the debates of previous decades.

UMUT ÖZKIRIMLI is Assistant Professor of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University.

Foreword; F.Halliday
Discourses and Debates on Nationalism
New Approaches to Nationalism
By Way of Conclusion


'[A] comprehensive, balanced and critical overview of current debates on nationalism...This is at once an informed survey of a field of literature and, in its own right, an intervention in the subject...It is one of the, several, contributions of this impressive book that it enables us, by comprehending the range of theories of nationalism, to see these debates in a wider intellectual and historical context.' - Professor Fred Halliday, London School of Economics and Political Science'[A] very good comparative and critical overview...highly recommended for anyone interested in the study of ethnicity and nationalism.' - Dibyesh Anand, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
'[C]omprehensive and insightful...an essential text for undergraduates and those new to the field who may otherwise be turned away by the immense task of understanding the existing literature.' - Christine Mason, Nations and Nationalism
'[I]nvaluable...a must for any introductory reading list on nationalism.' - Mike Hawkins, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans
'Clearly written and full of balanced judgements, Umut Ozkirimli's book summarises and evaluates the main theories of nationalism very skilfully, as well as adding his own original comments.' - Professor Michael Billig, University of Loughborough
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