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Advanced Introduction to Nationalism

Liah Greenfeld, University Professor and Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Anthropology, Boston University, US
This original Introduction presents nationalism as the most important social force shaping the ways modern people live their lives. It explains the formative influence of nationalism in the public spheres of politics and the economy, as well as the most private ones of emotional wellbeing and mental illness. Along the way, it illuminates widely used but rarely clarified concepts, such as social institution, revolution, ideology, and totalitarianism, and introduces new ones, like dignity capital, and nationalism as the double-helix of modern politics. Basing its conclusions on over 25 years of original comparative historical research, this book bears the characteristic Liah Greenfeld imprint: fact-based discussion, logical rigor, unexpected connections, and an exceptionally wide range of issues woven together to explain the way we live now.
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78536 254 5
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Publication Date: 2016
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This original Introduction presents nationalism as the most important social force shaping the ways modern people live their lives. It explains the formative influence of nationalism in the public spheres of politics and the economy, as well as the most private ones of emotional wellbeing and mental illness. Along the way, it illuminates widely used but rarely clarified concepts, such as social institution, revolution, ideology, and totalitarianism, and introduces new ones, like dignity capital, and nationalism as the double-helix of modern politics. Basing its conclusions on over 25 years of original comparative historical research, this book bears the characteristic Liah Greenfeld imprint: fact-based discussion, logical rigor, unexpected connections, and an exceptionally wide range of issues woven together to explain the way we live now.

Key features include:

• discusses nationalism as an empirical phenomenon, not an object of speculation
• distils findings of over 25 years of original comparative historical research
• introduces original concepts of dignity capital and nationalism as the double-helix of modern politics.
‘Why does science thrive? Why do economies grow? Why, in an age of globalization, does nationalism still have a powerful grip on populations worldwide? Liah Greenfeld’s Advanced Introduction to Nationalism offers a dazzling account of our age: to wit, that a startling range of phenomena have their roots in the adoption of nationalism as the basis of modern social order. A must for sociologists, political scientists, and anyone who wants to understand the passions of modern times.’
– Chandler Rosenberger, Brandeis University, US

‘There is no more consistently brilliant thinker on nationalism than Liah Greenfeld. This book will undoubtedly be a "must read" for both scholars and students of the subject.’
– Jonathan Eastwood, Washington and Lee University, US
Contents: 1. Introduction: Nationalism and Modernity 2. What is Nationalism? Where it came from? 3. Institutionalization of Nationalism in Politics and Ideology 4. Nationalism and Modern Economy 5. Nationalism and Modern Passions 6. Conclusion: Globalization of Nationalism Index