Nationalism and wars
By Gordon Parsons in Britain:
Sunday 07 July 2013
The contributors to this book, all leading historians and social scientists, engage historically, geopolitically, ethnically and economically with the relation between nationalism and war.
In the process they provide a wealth of detail and closely argued commentary on how, when and where both have colluded and collided.
Yet, surprisingly, there is little concern in the 14 essays with how religious fundamentalism fits into the picture.
In their introduction the editors make the point that the popular consensus that nationalism causes war is wrong, observing that “wars had been fought thousands of years before the advent of nationalism.”
Nations are in fact a…
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