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By John A. Hall

Nationalism is without doubt one of the significant social and political problems with sleek occasions, and a topic of extreme highbrow debate. crucial and influential thought of nationalism is that of Ernest Gellner (1925-1995). This quantity assesses each point of that idea, bringing jointly a very good set of students to give an explanation for, criticize and stream past Gellner's paintings. In doing so the booklet establishes the state-of-play in the thought of nationalism, and may be of huge curiosity to scholars and students of political and social conception, heritage, sociology and anthropology.

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No one was indispensable. The quality of nationalist thought would hardly have been affected much by such substitutions. Their precise doctrines are hardly worth analyzing. 5 The story does not end here, however. For that very scholar then wrote an essay in which he examined, seriously and sympathetically, the said nationalist thinker's ideas. 6 But let us begin at the beginning. Reading Gellner For me, Thought and Change was not an easy 'read' and I absorbed, and reacted to, some parts of it more actively than others.

This generic nationalism, or the 'algebra of nationalism', which List invented, could be learned and applied by any nationalist currents and movements for they in relation to it represented just so many different 'arithmetics'. 30 I suspect this mathematical analogy made little if any sense, but it helped me to clarify my argument about an underlying commonality in all 'scientific' nationalisms. For the same purpose, I drew on List's own life and career as an illustration of universal applicability of his system: List had begun (and ended) his public life as a German nationalist but also found time to be a theorist and practitioner of American nationalism as well, and even managed to offer to the French some free advice on how they could make France stronger.

As a historical phenomenon in Central and Eastern Europe, the transition from Agraria to Industria took place as transition from the ancient empire of 'Megalomania' to new nation­ states, such as 'Ruritania' and its siblings. ) But he paid little attention to intranational and international relations, including situations, common in East Europe, when one and the same ethnic group was an object of rival nation­ building efforts at the same time - invoking different ethnic, historic and political arguments for its cause and proposing different national re­ sponses to modernity.

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