Ernest Gellner was a multilingual polymath, able to set the agenda in the study of nationalism and the sociology of Islam. In this definitive biography, particular attention is paid to his Prague roots, and to debates with Michael Oakeshott, Isaiah Berlin, Charles Taylor, Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, and many others.
JOHN A. HALL is the James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology at McGill University in Montreal. His books include Powers and Liberties, Liberalism, Coercion and Consent, International Orders, and (with Charles Lindholm) Is America Breaking Apart?