Nationalism and Social Theory by Professor Gerard Delanty, Patrick O'Mahony

By Professor Gerard Delanty, Patrick O'Mahony

Why has nationalism proved so sturdy? What are the roots of its charm? This sharp and available ebook slices throughout the myths surrounding nationalism and gives an enormous new viewpoint in this perennial topic. The booklet argues that: nationalism is continual, no longer basically as a result of its particular ideological charm, yet since it expresses a number of the significant conflicts in modernity; nationalism displays and reinforces 4 key tendencies in western social improvement: country formation, democratization, capitalism and the explanation of tradition; the sorts of nationalism should be equipped right into a finished typology that is defined during this learn; post-nationalism and cosmopolitanism are major techniques within the debate approximately realms and nationalism; and that the hot radical nationalisms became strong new hobbies within the international age.

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This doctrine of the inherent naturalness of nationalism, which derives from the Enlightenment’s emphasis on self-determination and the romantic emphasis on the legitimacy of difference, was immensely influential in the second half of the nineteenth century, giving rise to many nationalist movements such as Young Italy, Young Poland and Young Ireland. Gladstone, the Liberal Prime Minister of Great Britain, accepted the principle and strongly supported the Irish Nationalist Movement in its successive demands for home rule and in 1876 supported the cause of Bulgarian nationalism, writing a widely read pamphlet ‘The Bulgarian Horrors and the Question of the East’ (Shannon, 1963).

Thus the disciplines of geography, history and statistics were important in laying the foundations of what may be called national cognitive structures. German national culture was spread through the creation of German-language universities in central Europe. In Sweden, Lund University was founded in 1688 as a step in the ‘Swedification’ of a region that formerly belonged to Denmark (Bertilsson, 2000, p. 164). Trinity College was founded in the reign of Elizabeth I to secure the survival of English culture and power in Ireland.

However, in many cases it has played a very important role in defining nationhood. More immediate and visible codes of nationhood are symbols, such as flags, icons such as uniforms, stamps and a coinage, national flora and fauna, national colours, national holidays and ceremonies, exemplary figures, national anthems, heritage sites, monuments and buildings, national cuisine and national memories based on selective historical experiences. The symbolic and cognitive level is important in tying national identity to the psychological level of the individual.

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