Nationaal Denken In Europa : Een Cultuurhistorische Schets

Author: Joseph Theodoor Leerssen
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Keywords: cultuurhistorische, schets, een, europa, denken, nationaal
Number of Pages: 180
Published: 1999-09-19
ISBN-10: 9053563970
ISBN-13: 9789053563977

Book Description:

Bringing together sources from many countries and many centuries, this study critically analyses the growth of nationalism - from medieval ethnic prejudice to the Romantic belief in a nation's "soul". The belief and ideology of the nation's cultural individuality emerged from a Europe-wide exchange of ideas, often articulated in literature and belles lettres. In the last two centuries, these ideas have transformed the map of Europe and the relations between people and government. In tracing the modern European nation-state, cross-nationally and historically, as the outcome of a cultural self-invention, Leerssen also provides a surprising perspective on Europe's contemporary identity politics.

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