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Misunderstanding Nationalism

Will Kymlicka

in Politics in the Vernacular

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780199240982
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599729 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240981.003.0013
Misunderstanding Nationalism

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This chapter focuses on recent literature on nationalism. It reviews the books ‘Blood and Belonging’ by Michael Ignatieff and ‘The Wrath of Nations’ by William Pfaff. It argues that both overlook the cultural component of civic nationalism. Liah Greenfield’s book is recommended for an understanding of the historical origins of nationalism, and Yael Tamir’s book for insights on why national identity matters to people.

Keywords: nationalism; national identity; civic nationalism; immigrants; minority

Chapter.  5399 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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