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To open this collection of essays, Anderson (international studies, Cornell) refines the theory of nationalism he developed in his acclaimed Imagined Communities (1983). Anderson deftly identifies the forces that forge a nation?an "imagined community" frequently incongruent with the state?from a group of people sharing some degree of common heritage. Subsequent essays examine the nationalism peculiar to each Southeast Asian country and draw comparisons among countries. Anderson also highlights the forces inhibiting the coalescence of a regional consciousness and the formation of a regional political bloc. Chief among these, he contends, are the proximity of China and the prevalence of authoritarian regimes. Finally, a provocative closing essay seeks to rehabilitate the reputation of nationalism, which has suffered in the post-Cold War years. A useful addition to the burgeoning literature on nationalism, this book illuminates the passions that have formed?and sometimes deformed?the modern world. Strongly recommended for academic libraries.?James Holmes, Fletcher Sch. of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts Univ., Medford, MA
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[A] collection of subtle and scholarly essays by Benedict Anderson, author of "Imagined Communities." Anderson is a rare bird: a learned Cornell professor who writes about international politics with subversive elegance and a philosopher's flair for first principles. -- Boston Globe, 29 November 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews