Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192840981

Steven Grosby
160 Pages
113 x 174 mm
Pub date
Sep 2005
Very Short Introductions


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  • Highly topical subject, including examples from many recent conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East
  • Written to appeal to a students on a variety of courses, including: history, geography, anthropology, law, religion, art, and sociology
  • Examines the subject through conflicts past and present, rather than exclusively focusing on the theory
  • Explores the often tension-filled relation between nationality, religion, and identity

This book examines the political and moral challenges that face the vast majority of human beings who consider themselves to be members of various nations. It explores nationality through the difficulties and conflicts that have arisen throughout history, and discusses nations and nationalism from social, philosophical, and anthropological perspectives. 
In this fascinating Very Short Introduction, Steven Grosby looks at the nation in history, the territorial element in nationality, and the complex ways nationality has co-existed with religion, and shows how closely linked the concept of nationalism is with being human. 


List of illustrations
1: The Problem
2: What is a Nation?
3: The Nation as a Social Relation
4: Motherland, Fatherland and Homeland
5: The Nation in History
6: Whose God is Mightier?
7: Human Divisiveness
8: Conclusion
Further Reading

About the author: 

Steven Grosby is Professor of Religion at Clemson University. His publications include: Biblical Ideas of Nationality: Ancient and Modern, The calling of Education: The Academic Ethic and Other Essays on Higher Education, and The Theory of Objective mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Culture.

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