Cult of the Nation in France : Inventing Nationalism 1680-1800 (Paperback)

Author: Bell, David A.

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David Bell offers an important new argument about the origins of nationalism. Before the eighteenth century, the very idea of nation-building--a central component of nationalism--did not exist. During this period, leading French intellectual and political figures came to see perfect national unity as a critical priority, and so sought ways to endow all French people with the same language, laws, customs, and values. The period thus gave rise to the first large-scale nationalist program in history.

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Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780674012370
SKU 33797921
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0674012372
Release Date 7/1/2003
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 0.75T
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"[A] subtle and intricate argument...."
"[Bell] writes simply and accessibly, even when invoking authors notoriously freighted with jargon."
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Editors Note In a work of lucid prose and striking originality, Bell offers the first comprehensive survey of patriotism and national sentiment in early modern France, and shows how the dialectical relationship between nationalism and religion left a complex legacy that still resonates in debates over French national identity today.
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