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The definitive, bestselling book on the origins of nationalism, and the processes that have shaped it.
Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson's brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983. Since then it has sold over a quarter of a million copies and is widely considered the most important book on the subject. In this greatly anticipated revised edition, Anderson updates and elaborates on the core question: what makes people live and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name?
Anderson examines the creation and global spread of the 'imagined communities' of nationality, and explores the processes that created these communities: the territorialization of religious faiths, the decline of antique kinship, the interaction between capitalism and print, the development of secular languages-of-state, and changing conceptions of time and space. He shows how an originary nationalism born in the Americas was adopted by popular movements in Europe, by imperialist powers, and by the movements of anti-imperialist resistance in Asia and Africa.
In a new afterword, Anderson examines the extraordinary influence of Imagined Communities, and the book's international publication and reception, from the end of the Cold War era to the present day.
In this symposium six academics consider the impact of IC upon different disciplines. Here I establish background with brief remarks on Anderson's life and academic career and about IC.
Benedict Anderson 's landmark study of nationalism, Imagined Communities, starts by rejecting the assumption that nations are a natural or inevitable social unit.
Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Revised Edition)
In the introductory chapter of Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson defines a nation: a limited, sovereign "imagined political community" that depends on "horizontal comradeship" among its...
An imagined community is a concept developed by Benedict Anderson in his 1983 book Imagined Communities, to analyze nationalism.
In this widely acclaimed work, Benedict Anderson examines the creation and global spread of the 'imagined communities' of nationality.
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