An appraisal of Elie Kedourie’s contribution to the study of nationalism could be attempted by means of a comparison of the state of the field when he launched. This edition of Elie Kedourie’s Nationalism brings back into print one of the classic texts of our times. With great elegance and lucidity, the author traces the. This edition of Elie Kedourie’s Nationalism brings back into printone of the classic texts of our times. With great elegance andlucidity, the author traces the.
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As Isaiah Berlin wrote of t This kedokrie of Elie Kedourie’s Nationalism brings back into printone of the classic texts of our times. As Isaiah Berlin wrote of the originaledition, “Kedourie’s account of these ideas and their effect isexemplary: Paperbackpages. Published September 28th by Wiley-Blackwell first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Nationalismplease sign up.
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Jul 31, Macoco G. Este libro te abre la mente ante ese virus que es el nacionalismo. Mar 27, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: More along the lines of 2. Kedourie’s arguments are interesting and not entirely unconvincing, but his conception of nationalism is so narrow and place nationwlism that I honestly find it mostly irrelevant to understanding modern nationalism or even the nationalism present when he was writing the book in the s.
It’s interesting, but I don’t know that I think it keeourie its status as a seminal work on nationalism. Sep 13, Phoenix rated it really liked it Shelves: National Dreams A useful exploration into the romantic European notions of what constitutes a national identity.
Kedourie pegs modern Nationalism emerging as an all inclusive idea requiring the consent of the governed as an outgrowth of the Nationalisj Revolution but, in an interesting fashion, credits Napoleon’s rhetoric which accompanied his conquests for its spread. In Kedouri National Dreams A useful exploration into the romantic European notions of what constitutes a national identity.
In Kedourie’s view, the problem with using unitary definitions such natiomalism language, culture or religion as the basis for kerourie state is that inevitably there will be conflicts with geography – the physical boundaries of a country almost always include more than one group.
A state that insists on a single identity will inevitably be exclusionary. He’s also critical of a style of totalitarian nationalism that erases the boundaries between public and private.
Nationalism, argues Kedourie, is neither a creature of the left or the right, arising from both.
In the 19th century nationalism was considered to be highly progressive, and indeed, Woodrow Wilson 14 Points underlining the Paris Peace Conference emphasized the acquisition of a national status natuonalism subject peoples to be amongst its highest ideals.
However as they achieved power, men such as Pilsudski, Mussolini and Chiang Kai-shek who were perceived as initially nationaliwm on the left, were now viewed as being on the right. This became instrumentalized as a propaganda device in the Soviet toolbox – if nationalism was against capitalism and imperialism it was progressive; when it was deemed to go against the tenets of the Politburo, it became right wing and regressive.
A strong argument cited for nationalism is that national power structures are an essential advantage in helping a culture to survive. On the other nationqlism he cites positively the longevity of empires such mationalism the Ottoman who’s system of millets allowed a plurality of cultures to co-exist, until broken apart by national ideals. He counters the case of the Poles and the Magyars, that their historic claims to national states with historic boundaries by pointing out that while true, these were not truly nationalist in the modern sense because they were feudal societies ruled by the gentrified few.
Kedourie finds plebiscites the recent referendum on Scottish Independence would be a good example as problematic as affirmative results are usually thought of a permanent after all, they are disruptive in a major way and he would rather that they be more frequent, so kefourie to constantly reflect the changing will the people, like elections.
Lastly, and no doubt this comes from his own experience as a refugee from Iraq and such events as the massacre of the Assyrians in which he mentioned passed without consequence for the perpetrators, he’s somewhat dismayed that Empires, just like Nations are equally likely to cast aside principles for political expediency. Dec 19, Supriyo Chaudhuri rated it really liked it. This is a seminal book on the history of the idea of nationalism, working through the ideas of the Enlightenment philosophers and the German Romantics.
It is a demanding read, but the effort is worth, as the observations are rich and insightful, and its conclusions often prescient. Hobsbawm – som spelar i den kedourke tyngre ligan. Feb 09, Hywel Owen rated it really liked it. A good background to the theory and practice of nationalism, which punches holes in the myths.
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One gets the feeling that the author has a personal interest in the topic, as his arguments later in the book move from argument to disparaging rhetoric. Having said that, I agree with pretty much all of his analysis.
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