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Power and the Nation in European History

Power and the Nation in European History by Len Scales
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Few would doubt the central importance of the nation in the making and unmaking of modern political communities. The long history of 'the nation' as a concept and as a name for various sorts of 'imagined community' likewise commands such acceptance. But when did the nation first become a fundamental political factor? This is a question which has been, and continues to be, far more sharply contested. A deep rift still separates 'modernist' perspectives, which view the political nation as a phenomenon limited to modern, industrialised societies, from the views of scholars concerned with the pre-industrial world who insist, often vehemently, that nations were central to pre-modern political life also. This book engages with these questions by drawing on the expertise of leading medieval, early modern and modern historians.
Cambridge University Press; June 2005
403 pages; ISBN 9780511123689
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Title: Power and the Nation in European History
Author: Len Scales; Oliver Zimmer
 
ISBNs
051112368X
9780511123689
9780521845809