This rich source book informs its reader in a comparative perspective about the political and social-economic past and present of fifteen Western, Central and Eastern European countries. This includes the economic and social aspects of the development of the nation state, descriptions of the current political structures and institutions, an account of the types of ethnic composition of the populations, definitions of citizenship and a background to the existing political parties and preferences. The countries involved are: the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, Britain, France, Spain and Italy. The authors are scholars in the fields of nationalism and ethnic conflict and they were invited to write their country chapters along the lines of a common format, paying special attention to the notion of state and nation building processes, citizenship definitions and minority issues. This book is a comprehensive reference guide for students and scholars in the fields of social sciences, European studies, history and other related disciplines and generally to those who are interested in the past and present of any one of the large number of countries described.
Table of Contents
Contents: European nations and nationalism: an introductory analysis, Louk Hagendoorn and José Pepels; Britain: a history of four nations, Marco Cinnirella; France: the archetype of a nation-state, John Crowley; Belgium: diversity in unity, Hans De Witte and Georgi Verbeeck; The Netherlands: a pillarized nation, Renze Portengen; Sweden: uncontested national independence, Charles Westin; Spain: a product of incomplete nation-building, José Alvarez Junco; Germany: the ambiguous nation, Armin Nassehi; Italy: an imperfect nation, Pierangelo Peri; Poland: the Christ of nations, Aleksandra Jasinska-Kania; The Czech Republic: an old nation's late-born state, Zdenka Pechacova and Vlastimil Cerny; Slovakia: national consciousness from denied autonomy, Darina MalovÃ¡ and Paul Mego; Hungary: state of a nation obsessed by threatened extinction, GyÃ¶rgy Csepeli and Antal Ã–rkény; Romania: a Latin nation among the Slavs, Aurora Liiceanu; Ukraine: a newly independent state, Iryna Bekeshkina; The Russian Federation: a nation of nationalities sharing a divine mission, Nadya V. Djintcharadze, Svetlana S. Litvinova, Viatcheslav V. Riazantsev and Sergei V. Tumanov; European nations and nationalism: summary comments and conclusions, Russell F. Farnen; Indices.
’...this should prove to be a very useful volume...Students of nationalism should find this book of particular interest.’ Professor Michael Billig, Loughborough University, UK ’...provide(s) much information from different historical, social and political contexts in which nationalism has survived and flourished in Europe...the book made me realize the great diversity on which the European nation-state structures are laid...’ The Ethnic Conflict Research Digest ’...a veritable compendium...surpasses similar published works...an invaluable top shelf graduate textbook.’ Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 'This volume undoubtedly presents a rich array of useful data and insightful observations, and, not the least because of an excellent index, commends itself to the contemporary historian as a sort of compendium.' Journal of European Integration History