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Paperback 296 pp.
156 mm x 234 mm



Publication date:
October 1999

Imprint: OUP UK

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Myths and Memories of the Nation

Anthony D. Smith

Nations and nationalism remain powerful phenomena in the contemporary world. Why do they continue to inspire such passion and attachments? Myths and Memories of the Nation explores the roots of nationalism by examining the myths, symbols and memories of the nation through a 'ethno-symbolic' approach. The book reveals the continuing power of myth and memory to mobilise, define and shape people and their destinies. It examines the variety and durability of ethnic attachments and national identities, and assesses the contemporary revival of ethnic conflicts and nationalism. The book analyses the depth of ethnic attachments and the persistence of nations to this day.

Readership : Scholars And students of political theory, nations and nationalism, sociology, cultural studies, ethnicity and racism.


  • `Anthony Smith is a great categorizer and analyst, with remarkable historical knowledge.'
    Michael Levin, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 24, No.2, March 2001
  • `fine collection of essays ... a rich and thought-provoking work.'
    Stanley Hoffmann, Political Studies, Vol.48, No.4, Sept. 00.

Introduction: `Ethno-symbolism' and the study of nationalism
Part I - Ethno-history and National Identity
l. Nationalism and the Historians
2. National Identity and Myths of Ethnic Descent
3. The Problem of National Identity: Ancient, Medieval and Modern?
4. Chosen Peoples: Why Ethnic Groups Survive
5. Nation and Ethnoscape
Part II - Myths and Memories of Modern Nations
6. Gastronomy or Geology? The Role of Nationalism in the Reconstruction of Nations
7. Ethnic Nationalism and the Plight of Minorities
8. Zionism and Diaspora Nationalism
9. National Identity and the Idea of European Unity
10. The Resurgence of Nationalism? Myth and Memory in the Renewal of Nations

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Anthony D. Smith is Professor of Ethnicity and Nationalism, European Institute, London School of Economics.

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Special Features

  • Leading and well recognised scholar of nationalism and national myths
  • Collections of author's most influential published essays
  • Examines the question of nation and ethnicity empirically as well as theoretically