Nationalism, Ethnicity and the State

Making and Breaking Nations

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  • 1446271676
  • 9781446247426
  • 9781446271674
  • 9781446291511
This exciting new book is the first to offer a truly comprehensive account of the vibrant topic of nationalism.

Packed with a series of rich, illustrative examples, the book examines this powerful and remarkable political force by exploring:

- Definitions of nationalism

- Language and nationalism

- Religion and Nationalism

- Nationalist history

- The social roots of ideologies and the significance of race, gender and class

- Nationalist movements, from dominant majorities to peripheral minorities socio-economic and sociological perspectives

- State responses to nationalism

Supported by a number of helpful illustrations, tables and diagrams, the text is both engaging and highly informative.

Nationalism, Ethnicity and the State: Making and Breaking Nations will prove an insightful read for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in the area of Politics and International Relations.

  • SAGE Publications; November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446271674
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Nationalism, Ethnicity and the State
  • Author: John Coakley
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1446271676
  • 9781446247426
  • 9781446271674
  • 9781446291511

In The Press

With this volume, John Coakley truly establishes himself as a leading authority in the field of nationalism studies. The book presents one of the first comprehensive overviews of this burgeoning discipline. The text is richly embroidered with examples from all parts of the world which bring the connections between concepts to life
Eric Kauffmann
University of London


Students of Irish politics have long benefited from John Coakley's erudition. Now students of nationalism and ethnicity can avail of his meticulous scholarship. Coakley has that rare gift: the ability to relay difficult subjects clearly without sacrificing nuance. This book will undoubtedly become the standard bearer in the field
Dr Mary-Alice Connolly Clancy
University of Exeter


This is a remarkably serious and multifaceted synthesis of the literature on nationalism from a comparative historical perspective.
Michael Hechter
Arizona State University


Coakley provides a wide-ranging and knowledgeable account of the elements which go into the making of national identity. Coakley offers a penetrating analysis of what enables or prevents nationalism moving from programmes to political organisations to popular movements to state power and finally the use of that power for nationalist projects.
John Breuilly
London School of Economics