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Ethno Symbolism and Nationalism

Ethno Symbolism and Nationalism

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For more than four decades Anthony Smith hasbeen intenselyand productivelyinvestigating the nature, wellsprings, and rami
cations of nationalism. Thisexcellent and concise distillation of his principal
ndings and conclusions will prove of immense value to anyone interested in this most consequentialphenomenon.Walker Connor, Middlebury College, USAWritten with the clarity, sensitivity, and analytical nuance that have becomehallmarks of Anthony Smith
s scholarship, this book presents a masterfuldistillation of the ethno-symbolist interpretation of nationalism
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a school of thought that counts the author as its most in
uential founding father. Incrisp and succinct prose, it presents a fair and balanced overview of thetheoretical thrust-and-parry in the
eld of nationalism studies, while articu-lating a compelling defense of the ethno-symbolist approach against theattacks of its critics.Aviel Roshwald, Professor of History, Georgetown University, USAAnthony Smith has provided us with a conceptually powerful, clearly writtenstatement of his life
s work devoted to the study of nationalism. By doing so, we have a compelling clari
cation of the nation as a historical community of culture. Thus, to view this book as merely a concise statement of the ethno-symbolic approach to the study of nations and nationalism is to fail toappreciate its signi
cance; rather, it is a most convincing analysis of thesecrucially important phenomena
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a book that must be read by all those who wish to understand these powerful factors that have shaped and are shapingour destiny.Steven Grosby, Professor of Religion, Clemson University, USA

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