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American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time
Joshua Mitchell
America has always been committed to the idea that citizens… Read more
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
Joseph Ellis
In The Quartet, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Joseph Ellis tells the unexpected… Read more
The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties
Christopher Caldwell
A major American intellectual makes the historical case that the… Read more
Sovereignty or Submission
John Fonte
The International Criminal Court claims authority over Americans for actions… Read more
Why Borders Matter: Why Humanity Must Relearn the Art of Drawing Boundaries
Frank Furedi
Western society has become estranged from the borders and social… Read more

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The Construction of Nationhood: Ethnicity, Religion and Nationalism (The Wiles Lectures) (1997)

Adrian Hastings

This interdisciplinary book straddles the fields of history, politics, religion and sociology, and medieval and modern history. Its importance lies in its contribution to arguments about the meaning and origin of nationalism, ethnicity and nationhood, and in challenging the widely-accepted “modernist” theories of Eric Hobsbawm, Benedict Anderson and others. Its argument incorporates careful analysis of English, Irish, South Slav and African examples, and suggests finally an important contract between Christianity and Islam.

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