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The Theory of Nationhood

A Platonic Symposium

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Derek Heater
      Pages 3-8
    3. Derek Heater
      Pages 9-60
  3. Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Derek Heater
      Pages 63-81
  4. Summing Up

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Derek Heater
      Pages 119-159
    3. Derek Heater
      Pages 160-167
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 168-196

About this book


An innovative and entertaining examination of the theory of nationalism. Derek Heater brings together the seven most influential - for good or evil - European thinkers on nationalism from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Herder, Fichte, Mazzini, Mill, Renan, Hitler and Stalin together debate their ideas in a platonic symposium, using the words from their own works in the central part of the book. The first part of the book introduces each thinker in the appropriate historical context, while the third part considers judgements on their thought.


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