By Lowell Barrington
"Where do nationalists pass after they get what they wish? we all know relatively little approximately how nationalist hobbies rework themselves into the governments of latest states, or how they could develop into rivals of recent regimes that, of their view, haven't taken the self-determination force some distance adequate. This stellar assortment contributes not just to comparative theorizing on nationalist routine, but in addition deepens our figuring out of the contentious politics of nationalism's final product--new countries."
--Charles King, Chair of the school and Ion Ratiu affiliate Professor, Georgetown college tuition of international Service
"This well-integrated quantity analyzes very important editions of nationalism-postcolonial and postcommunist-in a sober, lucid means and should gain scholars and students alike."
--Zvi Gitelman, college of Michigan
Lowell W. Barrington is affiliate Professor of Political technology, Marquette University.
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For Cordelia, those who constantly proclaim their love, like her sisters, were the most despicable of hypocrites. indb 2 11/9/06 6:58:29 AM On Narcissism and Exceptionalism But we are getting ahead of ourselves. First, we have to place patriotism into a larger and more international frame. Any critical discussion of patriotism and nationalism inevitably bumps up against the question of national pride. The “anti” in relation to one country cannot be separated from the “pro” in relation to another.
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