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Against Orthodoxy

Studies in Nationalism

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Against Orthodoxy

Studies in Nationalism

During the Cold War, nationalism fell from favour among theorists as an explanatory factor in history, as Marxists and liberals looked to class and individualism as the driving forces of change. The resurgence of nationalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, called for a reconsideration of the paradigm. Against Orthodoxy uses case studies from around the world to critically evaluate decades of new scholarship. The authors argue that theories of nationalism have ossified into a new set of orthodoxies. These overlook nationalism’s role as a generative force, one that reflects complex historical, political, and cultural arrangements that defy simplistic explanations.

376 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction / Slobodan Drakulic and Trevor W. Harrison

Part 1: Theory and History

1 Academic Nationalism / Slobodan Drakulic

2 Do Nationalists Have Navels? Where Is Childhood in Nationalism Theory? / Karen Stanbridge

3 Tolerant Majorities, Loyal Minorities, and “Ethnic Reversals”: Constructing Minority Rights at Versailles, 1919 / Liliana Riga and James Kennedy

Part 2: Minorities and Civil Society

4 Neither Perennial nor Modern: Christian-Muslim Enmities in the Balkans / Slobodan Drakulic

5 Understanding Multiculturalism in Divided Societies: Exploring a New Path / Elke Winter

6 Canada’s French Fact -- or Facts? / Rémi Léger

7 Civic and Ethnic Nationalist Narratives in Ethiopia / Sarah Vaughan

Part 3: Politics and the State

8 Militarism and Nationalism in Japan / Trevor W. Harrison

9 Who Are the Nationalists? A Profile of Scottish National Party Supporters / Michael Rosie and Ross Bond

10 After the PRI: Neo-Liberalism and Nationalism in Mexico / Julián Castro-Rea

Part 4: The International Dimension

11 Messianic Nationalism: The American Imperative / Michael Parenti

12 Islamic Nationalism, Imperialism, and the Middle East / Trevor W. Harrison

13 Progressive Inter-Nationalist Nationalisms: The Return of Transformative, Anti-Imperialist Traditions / Gordon Laxer

14 Implacable Foes or Strange Bedfellows? The Promise and Pitfalls of Eco-Nationalism in a Globalized World / John Hannigan

Conclusion / Trevor W. Harrison and Slobodan Drakulic

Index

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