Who We Are: A History of Popular Nationalism

Author:   Robert H. Wiebe ,  Sam Bass Warner, Jr. ,  James Sheehan
Publisher:   Princeton University Press
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9780691090238


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   04 November 2001
Replaced By:   9780691155524
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How did educated Westerners make an enemy of an inspiration that has changed the lives of billions? Why is nationalism synonymous with atavism, fanaticism, xenophobia, and bloodshed? In this work, Robert Wiebe argues that we too often conflate nationalism with what states do in its name. By indiscriminately blaming it for terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and military thuggery, we avoid reckoning with nationalism for what it is: the desire among people who believe they share a common ancestry and destiny to live under their own government on land sacred to their history. For at least a century and a half, nationalism has been an effective answer to basic questions of identity and connection in a fluid world. It quiets fears of cultural disintegration and allows people to pursue closer bonds and seek freedom. By looking at nationalism in this clearer light and by juxtaposing it with its two great companion and competitor movements - democracy and socialism - Wiebe is able to understand nationalism's deep appeal and assess its historical record. Because Europeans and their kin abroad monopolized nationalism before World War I, Wiebe begins with their story, identifying migration as a moti

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Author:   Robert H. Wiebe ,  Sam Bass Warner, Jr. ,  James Sheehan
Publisher:   Princeton University Press
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.595kg
ISBN:  

9780691090238


ISBN 10:   0691090238
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   04 November 2001
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Replaced By:   9780691155524
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained

Language:   English

Table of Contents

Forward by Sam Bass Warner, Jr. vii Foreword by James J. Sheehan xi Preface xv Acknowlegdments xix Chapter 1: Thinking about Nationalism 1 Chapter 2: European Origins 12 Chapter 3: Changing Contexts 37 Chapter 4: The Case of the United States 63 Chapter 5: Climax in Europe 97 Chapter 6: Nationalism Worlwide 127 Chapter 7: Global Nationalism 182 Chapter 8: Thinking about the Future 211 Notes 221 Bibliographic Essay 229 Index 269

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An eloquent and profound new study of the phenomenon of nationalism... Wiebe's overview of the role of nationalism in world politics, like his earlier books, is learned, penetrating, frequently pungent, and always free of cant. -- Michael Lind, The Washington Monthly This is the most bracing, insightful study of nationalism in years. -- Jim Sleeper, Wilson Quarterly A keen and critical study of a powerful constellation of political sympathies too frequently dismissed as retrograde, ignorant and xenophobic. Nationalism continues to touch an acutely sensitive nerve... -- Chris Lehmann, The Washington Post Book World In this elegant and sweeping account ... Wiebe portrays nationalism as a genuinely authentic impulse of people who see themselves as linked by common ancestry and seek common governance. -- Foreign Affairs Unique and vital... A powerful and influential analysis of nationalism and its impact on the human psyche and group actions. -- Joseph W. Danielson, History: Reviews of New Books


An eloquent and profound new study of the phenomenon of nationalism... Wiebe's overview of the role of nationalism in world politics, like his earlier books, is learned, penetrating, frequently pungent, and always free of cant. -- Michael Lind The Washington Monthly This is the most bracing, insightful study of nationalism in years. -- Jim Sleeper Wilson Quarterly A keen and critical study of a powerful constellation of political sympathies too frequently dismissed as retrograde, ignorant and xenophobic. Nationalism continues to touch an acutely sensitive nerve... -- Chris Lehmann The Washington Post Book World In this elegant and sweeping account ... Wiebe portrays nationalism as a genuinely authentic impulse of people who see themselves as linked by common ancestry and seek common governance. Foreign Affairs Unique and vital... A powerful and influential analysis of nationalism and its impact on the human psyche and group actions. -- Joseph W. Danielson History: Reviews of New Books


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Robert Wiebe, who died in 2000, was Professor Emeritus of History at Northwestern University. His books include Self-Rule:A Cultural History of American Democracy. The Opening of American Society: From the Adoption of the Constitution to the Eve of Disunion, and Segmented Society:An Introduction to the Meaning of America.

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