National Identities

A Transnational Paradigm
  • Anne-Marie Thiesse
Part of the The CERI series in Comparative Politics and International Studies book series (CERI)


In Europe, there is no doubt whatsoever that strong national identities exist, apparently rooted in the depths of history. Yet they did not exist at the dawn of the nineteenth century. Creating them was one of the great intellectual enterprises of that century.1 There is a major paradox in the conditions of their formation: they were forged in the context of intense international exchanges, resulting in the emergence of a common model for producing differences.


Nineteenth Century National Identity National Culture National Language National Theatre 
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