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Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview [Hardcover]

by Guntram H. Herb, David H. Kaplan
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May 22, 2008 1851099077 978-1851099078 1

The pervasiveness of nationalism, its many manifestations over the centuries, and the widely scattered way it has been studied make it a particularly difficult subject to approach and explore. ABC-CLIO offers the finest comprehensive reference available on an essential topic in modern world history. Across four volumes, Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview covers all aspects of nationalism, in all parts of the world, from the time of the French Revolution to the present day.

Nations and Nationalism</i> helps students, researchers, and other interested readers explore national identities and nationalistic movements in historical context. Organized chronologically, its four volumes combine thematic essays on different characteristics of nationalism with case studies of key historical developments involving specific nations at specific times. The encyclopedia focuses on Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, with featured coverage of nationalist cultural creations, including literature, music, symbols, and mythologies.

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Diverting from past nationalism resources, editors Herb (Middlebury College) and Kaplan (Kent State University) have organized this set by time period. Volume 1 covers 1770–1880; volume 2, 1880–1945; volume 3, 1945–1989; and volume 4, 1989–present. Each volume provides period-relevant thematic and country essays. This type of chronological arrangement works well for the most part, although (as the editors advise) there is overlap between volumes. Thematic essays average 6,000 words and outline different aspects of nationalism, including cultural, economic, ideological, and social perspectives. Examples of essay titles include “The Class Nature of Nationalism,” “Education and Nationalism,” “Nationalism and Music,” and “Terrorism and Nationalism.” Grouped by region, country essays are shorter, about 4,000 words. Not only are established countries such as Angola, Brazil, Egypt, France, Pakistan, and Russia included but there are also entries for other geographic designations such as Arab nationalism,Basque Country, and European Union. Altogether, there are 42 thematic and 104 country essays. A strong feature of this resource is its adherence to form. Thematic essays have five sections: “Relevance,” “Origins,” “Dimensions,” “Consequences,” and “Selected Bibliography.” Country essays also follow a standard format. Both thematic and country essays include black-and-white illustrations. Country essays also include maps and feature sidebars. For example, the country essay on Eritrea has two sidebars—one on the activist and politician Ibrahim Sultan and the other on Eritrean women. Each volume includes a separate introduction, a cumulative index (main entries in bold), a cumulative list of contributors, and a table of contents. A cumulative table of contents for each volume would probably be an improvement. Louis L. Snyder’s Encyclopedia of Nationalism (1990) has more but shorter entries. Alexander J. Motyl’s two-volume Encyclopedia of Nationalism (2001) has long overview essays (30-plus pages) in volume 1 and more than 500 entries on people, places, events, and concepts in volume 2. With its chronological as well as nation-by-nation approach, this new set should be a useful addition for academic and large public libraries. Also available as an e-book. --Stephen Fadel


• Covers the evolution of modern nationalism from its origins in the 18th century to the present

• Helps readers compare and contrast developments in different regions and locate information on places that are customarily neglected or sidelined

• Includes thematic essays on major cultural, social, political, and economic developments during the four time periods

• Features the work of recognized scholars, ensuring in-depth coverage and balanced treatment in a highly contested subject area

• Over 150 contributors—distinguished international scholars from a wide range of disciplines

• Over 100 country essays covering all major world regions from the origins of modern nationalism in the 18th century to the present

• Over 40 thematic essays that frame the country studies with discussions of different contexts and central issues in the development of nations and nationalism

• Hundreds of photographs and illustrations portraying important persons, monuments, places and artifacts

•Over 60 historical and modern maps to help orient the reader

• A general index offering access to the entries by different topics, places, and persons

"The chronologies are especially useful. This is a unique tool that would be welcome in world history and global studies programs. The most current of the volumes, 1989 to Present, would be helpful in understanding complicated, current international events. No other reference set covers this ground. Highly recommended.' "


Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

"The weighty four-volume set Nations and Nationalism</i> is a top pick for both high school and college-level libraries, offering a survey of the entire time period of modern nationalism from its 18th century origins to post-Cold War manifestations."


Midwest Book Review

"With it's chronological as well as nation-by-nation approach, this new set should be a useful addition for academic and large public libraries."



"Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers."



"Geographers Guntram Herb (Middlebury College) and David Kaplan (Kent State) have made a valuable contribution with this distinctive work that admirably fulfills its objective of identifying 'major historical eras in the development of nations and nationalisM&Apos; and examining 'characteristic themes and representative cases' thereof(xi)… In sum, this is an impressive and noteworthy work, also available in electronic format, which should prove a welcome addition to academic collections in political science, appealing to undergraduate and graduate students alike. It is suitable for reference collections, but because each volume can stand on its own, it could circulate as well."


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1863 pages
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO; 1 edition (May 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851099077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851099078
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,145,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with maps, charts, discussions, and analysis October 13, 2008
The weighty four-volume set NATIONS AND NATIONALISM is a top pick for both high school and college-level libraries, offering a survey of the entire time period of modern nationalism from its 18th century origins to post-Cold War manifestations. Over 150 contributors come from scholars in a range of disciplines who offer thematic essays pairing country studies with analysis of interactions. The result is a fine historical reference packed with maps, charts, discussions, and analysis.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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