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160 pp.
numerous halftones, 3 maps, 1 line drawing, 111 mm x 174 mm


Publication date:
September 2005

Imprint: OUP UK

Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction

Steven Grosby

Series : Very Short Introductions

This book examines the political and moral challenges that face the vast majority of human beings who consider themselves to be members of various nations. It explores nationality through the difficulties and conflicts that have arisen throughout history, and discusses nations and nationalism from social, philosophical, and anthropological perspectives.

In this fascinating Very Short Introduction, Steven Grosby looks at the nation in history, the territorial element in nationality, and the complex ways nationality has co-existed with religion, and shows how closely linked the concept of nationalism is with being human.

Readership : Anyone with an interest in politics; those on courses devoted specifically to the study nationality; and those studying political science, history, sociology, anthropology, and geography. Students on theology and religion courses will also find this book useful.

List of illustrations
1. The Problem
2. What is a Nation?
3. The Nation as a Social Relation
4. Motherland, Fatherland and Homeland
5. The Nation in History
6. Whose God is Mightier?
7. Human Divisiveness
8. Conclusion
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Steven Grosby is Professor of Religion at Clemson University. His publications include: Biblical Ideas of Nationality: Ancient and Modern, The calling of Education: The Academic Ethic and Other Essays on Higher Education, and The Theory of Objective mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Culture.

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Special Features

  • Highly topical subject, including examples from many recent conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East
  • Written to appeal to a students on a variety of courses, including: history, geography, anthropology, law, religion, art, and sociology
  • Examines the subject through conflicts past and present, rather than exclusively focusing on the theory
  • Explores the often tension-filled relation between nationality, religion, and identity