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Imagined Communities

Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

By Benedict Anderson
Narrated by Kevin Foley / 8 hours 8 minutes

Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson's brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983. Since then it has sold over a quarter of a million copies and is widely considered the most important book on the subject. In this greatly anticipated revised edition, Anderson updates and elaborates on the core question: What makes people live and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name?

Anderson examines the creation and global spread of the 'imagined communities' of nationality, and explores the processes that created these communities: the territorialization of religious faiths, the decline of antique kingship, the interaction between capitalism and print, the development of secular languages-of-state, and changing conceptions of time and space. He shows how an originary nationalism born in the Americas was adopted by popular movements in Europe, by imperialist powers, and by the anti-imperialist resistances in Asia and Africa.

In a new afterword, Anderson examines the extraordinary influence of Imagined Communities: he also explores the book's international publication and reception, from its first publication towards the end of the Cold War era to the present day.

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Author
Narrator Kevin Foley
ISBN 9781452676333
Length 8 hours 8 minutes
Language English
Publisher Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Genres History, Politics & Economy & Nonfiction
Libro.fm rank #11,598 Overall
Genre rank #668 in Politics & Economy