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Power and the Nation in European History, Paperback / softback Book


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 402 pages, Worked examples or Exercises
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780521608305



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