This book offers an overview of the contending approaches to the nation and nationalism, in a European context. Part One explores a wide variety of theoretical perspectives including the controversial issue of theoretical dichotomy (civic versus ethnic nationalism) and attempts to overcome it. Part Two introduces three types of nationalism: as ideology, social movement and attitude, allowing for a systematic treatment of sub-state and central state nationalism. The final Part looks at European nationalism in practice, offering new empirical findings from both in-depth single country cases and cross-country comparisons.
Key Features *The only textbook on the nation and nationalism which covers the main methodological and analytical issues and gives comparative empirical insights into nationalism in Western and Eastern Europe *Combines a clear exposition of contemporary theoretical positions and perspectives with the authors' own appraisal and synthesis *Presents a critical assessment of the breadth of the literature in the field *Regards nationalism as a contemporary rather than just a historical phenomenon *Challenges the concepts and theories regarding the nation and nationalism with a growing body of relevant empirical research *Includes empirical findings of contemporary nationalist tendencies for instance from Britain, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, and Sweden.
Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Chair of Political Science in the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland. He is co-editor, with Andrzej Marcin Suszycki, of Nationalism and European Integration (2007) and Multiplicity of Nationalism in Contemporary Europe (2009). Andrzej Marcin Suszycki is Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Potsdam, Germany and a Lecturer in Political Theory and International Relations at the University of Passau, Germany. He is author of /Italienische Osteuropapolitik 1989-2000 (2003).
Introduction; Part I: The Nation: Introduction; 1. The Nation: Which kind of political community?; 2. The Ethnic Nation; 3. The Civic Nation; 4. Alternative approaches; 5. Primordial phenomenon or modern phenomenon?; 6. Denationalisation through globalisation?; Part II: Nationalism: Definitions and functions; Introduction; 7. Macro-nationalism: Nationalism as ideology; 8. Meso-nationalism as social movement; 9. Micro-nationalism as attitude; 10. Typologies of nationalism; 11. Nationalism: good or evil? Liberal versus illiberal nationalism; Part III: European Nationalism in Practice; 12. Western Europe; 13. Central and Eastern Europe; 14. Nationalism and European integration; Conclusion.