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Nations, Identity, Power:
The New Politics of Europe
GEORGE SCHÖPFLIN
 
Nationalism is pivotal to any understanding of contemporary politics,
but our conceptions of it as a historical and contemporary phenomenon
remain fragmentary and nebulous. In Nations, Identity, Power, George
Schöpflin analyses the contradictions inherent in our understanding of
nationalism in order to fashion a new intellectual synthesis.

In particular he questions why states in the West are able to live
with the nation as the legitimate space for democratic institutions,
whereas in the post-communist world, especially in Eastern Europe,
ethnicity is pre-eminent. Schöpflin argues that the nation is
simultaneously ethnic, civic and structured by the state. Hence the
excesses of ethnicity derive from the shortcomings of state capacity
and the weakness of civil society, rather than being an inherent evil.
If ethnicity is alive and well, what is its role? Here again, his
answer is challenging: ethnicity is one of the bases for consent to be
ruled by the interventionist and rationalising modern state.

With due sensitivity to the implicit, the symbolic, and the ways in
which power is legitimised, Schöpflin applies his understanding of
nationalism to various East and Central European case studies,
including the former Yugoslavia and Hungary. He also compares the role
of ethnicity in other states, including Britain.

Overcoming the limits of both liberal and Marxist paradigms, this
novel and thought-provoking book sheds light into the intricacies of
the nation-state and the operation of identity politics in the modern
world.

Contents:

Part 1. WHAT IS THE NATION?
* Reason, Identity, Power
* Civil Society, Ethnicity and the State: A Threefold Relationship
* Citizenship, Ethnicity and Cultural Reproduction
* Left and Right: Europe in the 1990s
* Commemoration: Why Remember?

Part 2. ETHNICITY AND CULTURAL REPRODUCTION
* A Taxonomy of Myths and their Functions
* Ideological Thinking and Post-Communism
* Language and Ethnicity in Central and Eastern Europe

Part 3. THE STATE, COMMUNISM AND POST-COMMUNISM
* Cultural Diversity and Good Governance
* The Communist Experience and Nationhood
* An Analysis of Post-Communism
* The Rise of Anti-Democratic Movements
* Communism and State Legitimation
* Culling Sacred Cows? State Frontiers and Stability

Part 4. MINORITIES
* The Problem of Ethnic Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe
* Minorities under Communism
* Ethnic Minorities in South-Eastern Europe
* Minorities and Post-Communism: A Political and Sociological Analysis

Part 5. THE ETHNIC FACTOR RECONSIDERED
* Englishness: Citizenship, Ethnicity and Class
* Yugoslavia: State Construction and State Failure
* Power, Ethnicity and Communism in Yugoslavia
* Hungary as Kin State
* Hungary and its Neighbours
* Inter-Ethnic Relations in Transylvania: Rhetoric and Reality
* Human Rights and the Nationality Question in Romania

GEORGE SCHÖPFLIN is Jean Monnet Professor of East European Politics at
the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College
London. His books include Politics in Eastern Europe, 1945-1992
(Blackwell, 1995) and Myths and Nationhood (Hurst,1998), of which he
is co-editor.
 
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