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Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction

Steven Grosby

Publication Date - 03 November 2005

ISBN: 9780192840981

160 pages
4-1/2 x 7 inches

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A fascinating introduction to nationalism


Throughout history, humanity has borne witness to the political and moral challenges that arise when people place national identity above allegiance to geo-political states or international communities. This book discusses the concept of nations and nationalism from social, philosophical, geological, theological, and anthropological perspectives. It examines nationalist conflicts past and present, including recent struggles in the Balkans and the Middle East. Above all, this fascinating and comprehensive work clearly shows how feelings of nationalism are an inescapable part of being human.


  • 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 the conflicts that have been seen throughout history and still exist today
  • Explores the often tension-filled relation between nationality and religion

About the Author(s)

Steve Grosby, is Associate Professor at Clemson University, in the department of Philosophy and Religion. His publications include: Biblical Ideas of Nationality: Ancient and Modern, and the Theory of Objective mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Culture.

Table of Contents

    1. Human Divisiveness
    2. What is a Nation?
    3. The Nation as a Social Relation
    4. Territory and Kinship
    5. The Nation in History
    6. Nationality and Religion

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