National Thought in Europe

National Thought in Europe

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Ranging widely across countries and centuries, National Thought in Europe critically analyzes the growth of nationalism from its beginnings in medieval ethnic prejudice to the romantic eraa€™s belief in a national soul. A fertile pan-European exchange of ideas, often rooted in literature, led to a notion of a nationa€™s cultural individuality that transformed the map of Europe. By looking deeply at the cultural contexts of nationalism, Joep Leerssen not only helps readers understand the continenta€™s past, but he also provides a surprising perspective on contemporary European identity politics.In his own essay on the topic ( ), Hume argues that national characters are not determined by climate, but that they arise from ... already see the opposition which in the twentieth century became known as the a#39;nature vs. nurturea#39;debate.

Title:National Thought in Europe
Author: Joseph Theodoor Leerssen
Publisher:Amsterdam University Press - 2006

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