Gellners theory of nationalism was developed by ernest gellner over a number of publications from around the early 1960s to his 1995 death gellner discussed nationalism in a number of works starting with thought and change 1964 and he most notably developed it in nations and nationalism 1983. The state of the nation ernest gellner and the theory of nationalism john a hall on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers nationalism is one of the major social and political issues of modern times and a subject of intense intellectual debate the most important and influential theory of nationalism is that of ernest gellner 1925 1995. Ernest gellner wrote with devils at his back his theory of nationalism contained a tension between dislike of its potential for exclusion and realisation that the nation state remained the receptacle most likely to advance citizenship ernest gellners theory of nationalism emerged just as nationalism had been condemned to the ash heap of history by academics. Hazony responded to this by tempering his nationalism by prudential conservatism nations do not have an absolute right to independent statehood and we should favor stable existing nation states in the context of gellners theory the small number of actual nations compared to potential ones is a sign of the weakness of nationalism in the . Nationalism is one of the major social and political issues of modern times and a subject of intense intellectual debate the most important and influential theory of nationalism is that of ernest gellner 1925 1995 this volume assesses every aspect of that theory bringing together an exceptional set of scholars to explain criticise and move beyond gellners work
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