Rosalind Mitchison, 17 September 1987
Show More Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson.
Verso, 160 pp., £5.95, November 1987, 0 86091 759 2Show More
Culture, Identity and Politics by Ernest Gellner.
Cambridge, 189 pp., £8.95, June 1987, 0 521 33667 8Show More
The Ethnic Origins of Nations by Anthony Smith.
Blackwell, 312 pp., £25, October 1986, 0 631 15205 9Show More
Us and Them: A Study of Group Consciousness by W.A. Elliott.
Aberdeen University Press, 164 pp., £12.50, November 1986, 9780080324388Show More
“... What nationalism is, and how it came to exist, are topics of some significance today. One reason for this is practical: that a suitable answer to these questions would justify some states, sure of their own right to nationalism, in suppressing national claims by minority or neighbour populations. There are other, more intellectually respectable, reasons ...”