Nation and nationalism

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-S039-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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References and further reading

  • Acton, Lord (1907) ‘Nationality’, in J.N. Figgis (ed.) The History of Freedom and Other Essays, London: Macmillan.

    (A defence of multinational states from a liberal perspective.)

  • Anderson, B. (1990) Imagined Communities, London: Verso, revised edn.

    (Wide-ranging study of national identities, emphasizing the part played by mass media in their creation and dissemination.)

  • Beitz, C. (1983) ‘Cosmopolitan Ideals and National Sentiment’, Journal of Philosophy, 80 (10): 591–600.

    (Careful exploration of the question whether universalist reasons can be given for acknowledging special obligations to compatriots.)

  • Beran, H. (1984) ‘A Liberal Theory of Secession’, Political Studies 32 (1): 21–31.

    (Appeals to the principle of consent to defend a universal right of secession.)

  • Berlin, I. (1981) ‘Nationalism: Past Neglect and Present Power’, in H. Hardy (ed.) Against the Current, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (An interpretation of nineteenth-century nationalism, and an attempt to explain the continuing appeal of nationalist ideas.)

  • Buchanan, A. (1981) Secession, Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

    (Comprehensive critical assessment of liberal arguments for and against secession.)

  • Fichte, J.G. (1922) Addresses to the German Nation, Chicago, IL: Open Court.

    (The main statement of Fichte’s German nationalism and appeal for a national scheme of education.)

  • Gellner, E. (1983) Nations and Nationalism, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (An interpretation of the rise of nationalism, hinging upon the need for a common high culture in modern industrial societies.)

  • Greenfeld, L. (1992) Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (A comparative study of the evolution of nationalist ideas in Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the USA.)

  • Herder, J.G. (1969) Herder on Social and Political Culture, ed. F.M. Barnard, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (An anthology of texts covering Herder’s explanation of the cultural diversity of humankind and his exploration of the links between national cultures and political communities.)

  • Kamenka, E. (1976) ‘Political Nationalism - The Evolution of the Idea’, in Nationalism: The Nature and Evolution of an Idea, London: Edward Arnold.

    (Explores the origins of nationalism, stressing its connection with the idea of popular sovereignty.)

  • Kedourie, E. (1966) Nationalism, London: Hutchinson.

    (Critical study of nationalism by a classical liberal.)

  • Kohn, H. (1944) The Idea of Nationalism, New York: Macmillan.

    (A classic study of the development of nationalist ideas, beginning with ancient Israel.)

  • MacIntyre, A. (1984) ‘Is Patriotism a Virtue?’, in R. Beiner (ed.) Theorising Citizenship, New York: State University of New York Press, 1995.

    (Critique of contemporary ethical theories in terms of their incapacity to understand patriotism as a virtue.)

  • Margalit, A. and Raz, J. (1990) ‘National Self-determination’, Journal of Philosophy 87 (9): 439–461.

    (Argues for a right to self-determination to protect the interests that people have as members of ‘encompassing groups’.)

  • Mill, J.S. (1861) Considerations on Representative Government, London: Dent, 1971.

    (Chapter 16 contains Mill’s argument that for representative government to work successfully, state boundaries should coincide, if possible, with national boundaries.)

  • Miller, D. (1995) On Nationality, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (Sympathetic discussion of nationalist ideas, exploring in greater depth the issues addressed in this entry.)

  • Nathanson, S. (1993) Patriotism, Morality and Peace, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

    (An attempt to separate defensible ‘moderate’ patriotism from indefensible ‘extreme’ patriotism.)

  • Renan, E. (1939) ‘What is a Nation?’, in A. Zimmern (ed.) Modern Political Doctrines, London: Oxford University Press.

    (Much-cited essay, critical of objective definitions of nationality.)

  • Rousseau, J.-J. (1770–1) The Government of Poland, trans. W. Kendall, Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1972.

    (Rousseau’s most explicit account of how and why citizens must be imbued with national loyalty.)

  • Scruton, R. (1990) ‘In Defence of the Nation’, in The Philosopher on Dover Beach, Manchester: Carcanet.

    (A conservative defence of the nation as an object of loyalty.)

  • Tamir, Y. (1993) Liberal Nationalism, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (An attempt to show that liberalism and nationalism can be reconciled with one another.)

  • Walzer, M. (1990) ‘Nation and Universe’, in G.B. Petersen (ed.) The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, vol. 11.

    (Separates forms of nationalism which proclaim the superiority of a particular culture from those that extend the same recognition to all.)

Citing this article:
Miller, David. Bibliography. Nation and nationalism, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-S039-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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