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Power and the Nation in European History


Oliver Zimmer


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 2005 book engages with these questions by drawing on the expertise of leading medieval, early modern and modern historians.


Scales, L., & Zimmer, O. (Eds.). (2005). Power and the Nation in European History. Cambridge University Press

Book Type Edited Book
Publication Date 2005-06
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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