Combining historical perspective and theoretical analysis, this book provides an overview of modern nationalism. The text explores the recent developments in. John Breuilly. Manchester University Press, – Nationalism – pages Democracy and the Global Order: From the Modern State to Cosmopolitan. The main intersection has been trying to understand German nationalism in terms of broader theories and comparisons. I revised Nationalism and the State for a.
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John Breuilly’s book Nationalism and the State is a classic discussion of the politics of nationalism in a comparative and historical perspective.
The term ‘nationhood’ is often used to describe the achievement of such independence, as, for example, the creation of the United States of America. But the leaders of the independence movement did not refer to a cultural identity to justify their claims.
They demanded equality and, failing that, independence, and justified the demand by an appeal to universal human rights. Parts of North America were simply the areas in which these rights were being asserted. Admittedly a sense of nationallism identity developed after the achievement of independence but by then nationalism had a rather different and less distinctive function.
I am concerned with significant political movements, principally of opposition, which seek to gain or exercise state power and justify their objectives in terms of nationalist doctrine. This still covers a large number of political movements and brsuilly is necessary to subdivide them.
To do so one requires some principle of classification.
Utility is their justification. There are numerous ways of classifying nationalism This suggests that the principle of classification should be based on thf relationship between the nationalist movement and the existing state.
Very broadly, a nationalist opposition can stand in one of three relationships to the existing state. It can seek to break away from it, to take it over and reform it, or to unite it with other states.
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I call these objectives separation, reform and nationaism. If it does, conflict may arise between governmental and opposition nationalisms, conflict which cannot occur when the state does not define itself as a nation-state. The position of a nationalist opposition having to counter governmental nationalism is fundamentally different from that of one which does not.
The bracketed text was added in the Second Edition of Breuilly’s text I have included it here in the hope that it will make the author’s distinctions a little more clear.
: Nationalism and the State (): John Breuilly: Books
The remainder of the text quoted here is drawn from the edition. Nationalism and the State.
University of Chicago Press,