Power and the Nation in European History Paperback / softback
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: 09/06/2005
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780521608305