Author(s): Oliver Zimmer
While nationalism had become politically significant well before the late 19th century, it was between 1890 and 1940 that it revealed its political explosiveness and destructive potential. Focusing mainly on East-Central Europe, and discussing such key issues as the modernity of nations and nationalism, and the relationship between nationalism and fascism, Oliver Zimmer offers an incisive examination of the most powerful ideology of modern times.
'This is a superb little book on Nationalism in early 20th Century Europe, full of rich historical materials and penetrating arguments.' - Anthony D. Smith, London School of Economics 'In such a book there will be unavoidable partialities of perspective. ...But the careful astuteness and surefooted intelligence of the argumentation as Zimmer guides the reader through the mindfields of controversy in such immensely complicated literatures can hardly be bettered. Moreover, the account is explicitly and very admirably situated in a particular period of European history. As a result, Zimmer's valuable book succeeds in illuminating a variety of major questions, the character of fascism central among them... It makes an excellent addition to the literature, to be recommended for students and colleagues alike.' - Geoff Eley, English Historical Review
OLIVER ZIMMER is Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Durham.
Editor's Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Map 1: The European Empires in 1870.- Map 2: The Habsburg Empire, 1867-1918 (political).- Map 3: Europe after the Peace Settlements of 1919.- Map 4: The German Mastery of Europe, 1942.- Introduction.- Nationalism: Ancient or Modern?.- Towards the Mass Nation: Nationalism, Commemoration and Regionalism.- Boundaries of National Belonging: Nationalism and the Minorities Question.- Homeland Nationalism Gone Wild: Nationalism and Fascism.- Universalism Reconsidered: Nationalism and its Critics.-Conclusion.- Select Bibliography.- Appendix (Statistical Tables).- Index.