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e-Book Nationalism download

e-Book Nationalism download

by Elie Kedourie

ISBN: 0631188851
ISBN13: 978-0631188858
Language: English
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 4 edition (September 28, 1993)
Pages: 176
Category: Social Sciences
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This is Chapter I (Politics in a new style) of Elie Kedourie’s classic essay on nationalism

This is Chapter I (Politics in a new style) of Elie Kedourie’s classic essay on nationalism. His insightful analysis of the phenomenon and the wealth of information he offers on the subject make it a text to be read in its entirety, not only for personal knowledge but also as a powerful antidote to the recurrent spread, by politicians of all sects, of the nationalistic virus.

The work of the British historian Elie Kedourie Nationalism, first published in London in 1960 and since then has . Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

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Elie Kedourie, CBE, FBA was a British historian of the Middle East. He wrote from a conservative perspective, dissenting from many points of view taken as orthodox in the field

Elie Kedourie, CBE, FBA was a British historian of the Middle East. He wrote from a conservative perspective, dissenting from many points of view taken as orthodox in the field. He was at the London School of Economics (LSE) from 1953 to 1990, becoming Professor of Politics. Books by Elie Kedourie. Mor. rivia About Nationalism.

Elie Kedourie CBE FBA (25 January 1926 – 29 June 1992, Washington) was a British historian of the Middle East. He was employed at the London School of Economics (LSE) from 1953 to 1990, becoming Professor of Politics.

This text traces the philosophical foundations of nationalist doctrine, the conditions which gave rise to it and the political consequences of its spread in Europe and elsewhere in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Periodically, an important book emerges that makes us, through the uniqueness of its theory, perceive history as we have not seen it before. Ernest Gellner has written such a volume

Periodically, an important book emerges that makes us, through the uniqueness of its theory, perceive history as we have not seen it before. Ernest Gellner has written such a volume. Students of nationalism will have to come to grips with his interpretation of the causes for the emergence of nationalism, since he has declared that most of the previous explanations are largely mythical. The late Ernest Gellner (1925-1995) was Director of the Centre for the Study of Nationalism, part of the Central European University, in Prague.

This edition of Elie Kedourie's Nationalism brings back into printone of the classic texts of our times. With great elegance andlucidity, the author traces the philosophical foundations of thenationalist doctrine, the conditions which gave rise to it, and thepolitical consequences of its spread in Europe and elsewhere overthe past two centuries. As Isaiah Berlin wrote of the originaledition, "Kedourie's account of these ideas and their effect isexemplary: clear, learned and just."In a new introduction the author reflects upon the origins of thebook and the relationship of his argument to contemporarynationalist conflicts.
Comments:
Lcena
If you are going to study political science, and/or politics of the Middle East region, read this book first before reading Kedourie's other work The Chatham House Version (I went in reverse, reading the latter first. Nationalism will give you the background to understand his points in the latter.) I will say that it is not for the novice looking for a quick primer to make a few talking points, as it deals with some more abstract concepts to political science topics; he does cover Kant, and other philosophies that have led to self-determination-nationalism (and, how such does lead to autocratic regimes under fascist/socialist/communist ideals . If you are acquainted or knowledgeable in such subjects, it is old hat to understand.) A good read (I got it yesterday, and I am half way through it.)

Wrathshaper
Elie Kedourie obviously has an axe to grind about nationalism - as a Jew he was exiled from Iraq and settled in London. In this book he traces the ideological development of nationalism from Kant, Herder and Fichte, claiming that nationalism was invented when Fichte gave his Addresses to the German Nation in the early nineteenth century. Kedourie unfortunately places far too much emphasis on Kant - who was much more concerned with the individual than the community - and not enough on Hegel. Kedourie also neglects such important writers as Rousseau and Mill and does not attempt to trace just how Fichte et al. influenced specific nationalists. Nevertheless this is a well-written polemic against nationalism from someone who dealt with it first hand.

Mataxe
“The years after 1914 saw the explicit incorporation into international law of a moral idea — namely the right to national self-determination.’’

Kedourie provides outstanding explanation of the ideas and efforts that led up to the acceptance, even worship, of nationalism. He also relates the results . . .

“Experience — bitter experience — has shown that contrary to the dreams of Mazzini and president Woodrow Wilson national self-determination is a principal of disorder, not of order, in international life.’’

He also starts with a definition . . .

“Nationalism is a doctrine invented in Europe at the beginning of the nineteenth century.’’

(so recent?)

“It pretends to supply a criterion for the determination of the unit of population proper to enjoy a government exclusively its own, for the legitimate exercise of power in the state, and for the right organization of a society of states.’’

Excellently done!

“Briefly, the doctrine holds that humanity is naturally divided into nations, that nations are known by certain characteristics which can be ascertained, and that the only legitimate type of government is national self-determination.’’

Right! Doesn’t everybody know this?

What is so . . . so . . . startling - is that this belief is so recent. In all human history, this specific political idea did not exist until now!

“What now seems natural once was unfamiliar, needing argument, persuasion, evidences of many kinds; what seems simple and transparent is really obscure and contrived, the outcome of circumstances now forgotten and preoccupations now academic, the residue of metaphysical systems sometimes incompatible and even contradictory.’’

This short work (135 pages) outlines the foundation, pillars and roof on the structure of nationalism. When, who, why, where, what — are all carefully colored in.

Wonderful portrait!

1 Politics in a new style
2 Self-determination
3 State and individual
4 The excellence of diversity
5 National self-determination
6 Nationalism and Politics: I
7 Nationalism and Politics: II

Explains the impact of the French Revolution . . .

“It represented politics as a fight for principles, not the endless composition of claims in conflict. . . . The ambitions of a state or the designs of a faction took on the purity of principle, compromise was treason.’’

How bad was it?

“Consciousnesses of right bred a righteousness which excesses could never destroy, but only confirm. Terrorism became the hallmark of purity: ‘There is nothing’ exclaimed St Just, ‘which so resembles virtue as a great crime.’’

This seems so weird — the original terrorists — were French lawmakers!

“ ‘There is something terrible’, St Just also said, ‘in the sacred love of the fatherland; it is so exclusive as to sacrifice everything to the public interest, without pity, without fear, without respect for humanity. . . . What produces the general good is always terrible.’”

Kedourie focuses on the role of ideas. For example, the index shows thirty-eight references to Fichte, Herder thirteen, Kant sixteen, etc., etc..

One of the best presentations on nationalism and where it came from (or I am gaining understanding).

Concludes with six pages containing suggestions for further reading. Provides brief description of each book. Great!

Kedourie was a professor of intellectual history at the London school of economics. This work is from the late 1950’s.

Pleasant read, not obscure or difficult, but does require concentration and focus.

Well with it!

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