The Paradoxes of Nationalism: The French Revolution and Its Meaning for Contemporary Nation Building

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-01-04
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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The Paradoxes of Nationalism explores a critical stage in the development of the principle of national self-determination: the years of the French Revolution, during which the idea of the nation was fused with that of self-government. While scholars and historians routinely cite the French Revolution as the origin of nationalism, they often fail to examine the implications of this connection. Chimene I. Keitner corrects this omission by drawing on history and political theory to deepen our understanding of the historical and normative underpinnings of national self-determination as a basis for international political order. Based on this analysis, Keitner constructs a framework for evaluating nation-based claims in contemporary world politics and identifies persistent theoretical and practical tensions that must be taken into account in contemplating proposals for "civic nationalism" and alternative, nonnational models. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Conception : how to imagine a preexisting, voluntarist nationp. 23
Constitution : how to give the nation a political voicep. 45
Composition : how to define insiders and outsidersp. 69
Confrontation : how to interact with other political unitsp. 87
Synthesisp. 121
Epilogue - confrontation revisitedp. 149
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