Empires and Nation-states
This introduction to a special issue focuses on the complex and contradictory relationships of empires and nation-states. It contests the traditional views that posit nation-states and empires as the mutually exclusive forms of state organization. The paper identifies the key features of these two ideal types and then briefly reviews the current developments in this field. This introduction also provides a summary overview of the nine contributions that compose the special issue.
Empires and nation-states are not opposed or distinct forms of polity but closely linked forms. Pre-modern empire existed without any contrasting form of polity we might call a nation-state. Rather, they contrasted with non-national state forms such as city-states, small kingdoms and mobile, nomadic polities. These in turn were in constant interaction with any neighbouring empire or empires…
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- Interview for the Irish online magazine Solutionism (16/4/2017) https://solutionism-news.com/2017/04/16/nationalism-how-the-economic-crisis-evoked-the-mythical-past-of-the-1930s/
Two of my volumes have been published in April: The book ‘The Rise of Organised Brutality: A Historical Sociology of Violence’ came out on 6th April and the edited special issue of Thesis Eleven ‘Empires and Nation-States’ was published on 16th April:
I will present a paper ‘Below Ethnicity: Cultural Difference on the Battlefield’ at the Princeton University workshop ‘Boundary Matters: Interdisciplinary Engagements with Ethnic Difference’ , 21-22 April 2017;
I was a guest editor of the New Special issue of Thesis Eleven on Empires and Nation-States with contributions from John Breuilly, Julian Go, John A. Hall, George Steinmetz, Sandra Halperin, Krishan Kumar, Peter Perdue and Partha Chatterjee.
I look forward to working with Dr. Lea David, a recipient of 2 year Marie Curie post-doctoral Fellowship with the project ‘Human Rights, Memorialization and Nationalism’ :
I will be one of the speakers at the 20th annual Divided Societies course which takes place in Dubrovnik, Croatia 7-14 May 2017. This year’s theme is ‘Memory Wars’
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