Nations as Zones of Conflict
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Nations as Zones of Conflict



© 2005 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`In this excellent and thought-provoking book. Hutchinson has taken the debate about nations and nationalism a significant step forward. His view of nations as zones of conflict is a useful and appropriate way of approaching this subject, making an important contribution to the field - one that may come to shape the literature' - Paul Hopper, School of Historical and Critical Studies, University of Brighton

What is the relationship between nations and conflict? Is globalization really eroding national sovereignty and cultural unity? This novel and compelling book explores such questions, arguing that it is wrong to assume that nations are culturally uniform. Hutchinson asserts that resting on older diverse ethnic identities, nations adapt from the unpredictable challenges of modernity, and such plurality makes them prone to cultural wars. He redefines nation-state formation as an outcome of unending and reversible processes, stating that even when nationalists win control, the nation state is never hegemonic since it is only one of many actors in the modern world.

 
Introduction
 
An Alternative Model
 
Organisation
 
PART ONE: ZONES OF CONFLICT
 
Introduction
 
The Modernist Critique
 
Ethnosymbolists and Recurring Factors
 
Ethnogenetic Factors
 
Ethnie as Social and Political Actors
 
The Rise of States and Modern Processes
 
Ethnic Continuities and Modern Nations
 
Conclusions
 
PART TWO: THE REVIVALIST REVOLUTION
 
Introduction
 
Romanticism as an Ethnocultural Movement
 
National Revivalism and Social Transformation
 
Moral Innovators
 
National Sacrifice and Mythic Overlaying
 
Conclusions
 
PART THREE: CULTURAL WARS
 
Introduction
 
Cultural Wars in Modern Nations
 
The Roots of Conflict
 
Significance and Consequences
 
Polarisation
 
The Elaboration of a National Identity
 
Persisting Differences
 
Conclusions
 
PART FOUR: HOT AND BANAL NATIONALISMS
 
Introduction
 
The Rise of the Mass Nation
 
Nationalism from below
 
Patterns of Mass Identification with the Nation
 
Fluctuating Identities
 
Banal Nationalism
 
Conclusions
 
PART FIVE: NATIONALISM AND THE CLASH OF CIVILISATIONS
 
Introduction
 
Globalisation and Nationalism
 
Regionalism
 
European Union and the National States
 
The Clash of Civilisations
 
Conclusions

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