9781137462770

The New Nationalism and the First World War

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    9781137462770

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    1137462779

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-10-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

The New Nationalism and the First World War examines the rise of a new form of nationalism at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. This acrimonious new conception of the nation was tied to the vast social disruptions emerging in the urbanizing and industrializing modern world. Earlier, the ethnocentrism of imperialism had defined the "Other" outside national boundaries. Now that dialectic turned inward as well, aiming to define a collective identity by seeking an "enemy within." Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this volume examines the new conceptions of national identity present in nationalist movements across a variety of geopolitical contexts in pre-First World War years. It is dedicated to a transnational study of the features of the turn-of-the-century nationalism, their manifestations in social and political arenas and the arts and their influence on the development of the global-scale conflict that was the First World War.

Author Biography

Vesna Rodic specializes in modernist literature and culture. Her primary research interests center on the relationship between aesthetics politics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and on assessments of aesthetic tradition through debates on nationalism during France's Third Republic. Rodic's recent publications include an article on the literary journal La Nouvelle Revue Française (NRF) and its debates with the Action Française's Charles Maurras (Modern Language Notes, 2012) and a chapter on the NRF's increasingly politicized view of literary tradition resulting from the experience of the Great War (Peter Lang, 2014).

Lawrence Rosenthal is the Founding and Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing studies at the University of California. Founded in 2009, the center is a research unit dedicated to the study of right-wing movements in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has taught in the sociology and Italian studies departments at the University of California, and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Naples in Italy. He is the co-editor of Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party (California, 2012).

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A Storm Before The Great Storm: New Faces of a Distinctly Twentieth-Century Nationalism; Lawrence Rosenthal and Vesna Rodic
PART I: THE NEW NATIONALISM AND THE (RE) BUILDING OF NATIONS

2. Confecting A British National Identity; Rod Beecham

3. New Italian Nationalism; Andrea Ungari

4. Eliminationist Anti-Semitism at Home and Abroad: Polish Nationalism, the Jewish Question, and Eastern European Right-Wing Mass Politics; Grzegorz Krzywiec

PART II: THE NEW NATIONALISM AND SHIFTING NOTIONS OF TRADITION

5. War Stares At Us Like an Ominous Sphynx- Hungarian Intellectuals, Literature, and the Image of the Other (1914-1915); Eszter Balázs

6. An Affair To Be Remembered: Integral Nationalism Among France's Men of Letters; Vesna Rodic

PART III: THE NEW NATIONALISM AT THE CROSSROADS BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

7. Imagining the Homeland: A Late Ottoman Construction of National Identity; Guldeniz Kibris

8. The Great European War and the Rise of Radical Shinto Ultranationalism in Japan; Walter A. Skya

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