Ronald Beiner's edited book is able to neaty capture the main strands of thinking current thinking concerning nationalism and as such makes an ideal reader for both students and academics. The book aims to address five issues; do nations have a right to self-determination; what is the relationship between nationalism and modernity; can nationalism and liberalism be reconciled; the distinction between 'civic' and 'ethnic' forms of nationalism and finally is nationalism attractive, that is, as a choice of how to live one's life? The essays in the book draw together a large collection of work from a hitherto disparate body of authors, ranging from the political philosophy of john dunn and michael walzer to the more descriptive work of former journalist michael ignatieff. I found this book very useful, although I could have done with more information on the relationship between nationalism and other related concepts such as xenophobia and national pride.
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