In the history of modern political thought, other topic has attracted as much attention as nationalism, nation formation, and patriotism. Because of the ever-growing body of literature tackling these vexed issues, level-headed clarification has been long overdue. Shunning attempts to spin off yet ather theory of nationalism, Miroslav Hroch offers a remarkable synthesis that aims to track the historical genesis of European nations through the sundry paths of the nation forming processes in the nineteenth century, integrating apparently competing frameworks into a coherent system. Combining a comparative perspective on nation-formation with invaluable theoretical insights, European Nations is a must-read for everyone who wants to understand the historical roots of Europe's current political crisis.
MIroslav Hroch is an Emeritus Czech Professor of Modern and Contemporary History. He has written several books on modern nationalism and nation formation, including Social Preconditions of National Revival in Europe.