Hobsbawm, Eric J.

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Abstract

Eric J. Hobsbawm (1917-2012) was the leading British Marxist historian of his generation, articulating strong views on the nature and fate of nationalism in the modern period. His book Nations and Nationalism since 1780 (1992) charted the rise and supposed decline of nationalism in the modern period, attributing this largely to the development of global capitalism. The book The Invention of Tradition (1983), co-edited with Terrance Ranger, advanced the thesis that the modern period of nation building brought with it elaborate artificial constructions of national traditions, which helped ideologically legitimate the novel national projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBlackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism
EditorsJohn Stone, Rutledge M. Dennis, Polly Rizova, Anthony D. Smith, Xiaoshuo Hou
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISBN (Electronic)9781118663202
ISBN (Print)978-1-4051-8978-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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    Hearn, J., Mar 2016, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Stone, J., Dennis, R. M., Rizova, P., Smith, A. D. & Hou, X. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell

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