Nations and Nationalism

A Global Historical Overview

by Guntram H. Herb and David H. Kaplan, Editors


Revolutions to establish self-determination … wars to protect or expand a homeland … movements to promote a unified identity within a country. So many of history's most dramatic—and tragic—events have been fueled by the cause of nationalism. From the French Revolution to Nazi Germany to Rwanda and the Balkans, nationalism has reshaped—and continually redrawn—the world's political map.

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May 2008


Pages 1863
Volumes 4
Size 7x10
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Geopolitics
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A comprehensive and revealing compilation of essays analyzing the varied dimensions of national identities and nationalisms across world regions and through time.

The pervasiveness of nationalism, its many manifestations over the centuries, and the widely scattered way it has been studied make it a particularly difficult subject to approach and explore. ABC-CLIO offers the finest comprehensive reference available on an essential topic in modern world history. Across four volumes, Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview covers all aspects of nationalism, in all parts of the world, from the time of the French Revolution to the present day.

Nations and Nationalism helps students, researchers, and other interested readers explore national identities and nationalistic movements in historical context. Organized chronologically, its four volumes combine thematic essays on different characteristics of nationalism with case studies of key historical developments involving specific nations at specific times. The encyclopedia focuses on Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, with featured coverage of nationalist cultural creations, including literature, music, symbols, and mythologies.


  • Over 150 contributors—distinguished international scholars from a wide range of disciplines
  • Over 100 country essays covering all major world regions from the origins of modern nationalism in the 18th century to the present
  • Over 40 thematic essays that frame the country studies with discussions of different contexts and central issues in the development of nations and nationalism
  • Hundreds of photographs and illustrations portraying important persons, monuments, places and artifacts
  • Over 60 historical and modern maps to help orient the reader
  • A general index offering access to the entries by different topics, places, and persons


  • Covers the evolution of modern nationalism from its origins in the 18th century to the present
  • Helps readers compare and contrast developments in different regions and locate information on places that are customarily neglected or sidelined
  • Includes thematic essays on major cultural, social, political, and economic developments during the four time periods
  • Features the work of recognized scholars, ensuring in-depth coverage and balanced treatment in a highly contested subject area
Author Info

Guntram H. Herb, Ph.D., is associate professor of geography at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. In addition to peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, his published works include Under the Map of Germany: Nationalism and Propaganda, 1918-1945 and the collection of essays co-edited with David H. Kaplan, Nested Identities: Nationalism, Territory, and Scale.

David H. Kaplan, Ph.D., is professor of geography at Kent State University, Kent, OH, and editor of National Identities. His published works include over 30 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and six books including Nested Identities (with Guntram Herb) and Boundaries and Place (with Jouni Häkli).



"With it's chronological as well as nation-by-nation approach, this new set should be a useful addition for academic and large public libraries."Booklist

"The weighty four-volume set Nations and Nationalism is a top pick for both high school and college-level libraries, offering a survey of the entire time period of modern nationalism from its 18th century origins to post-Cold War manifestations."Midwest Book Review

"Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers."Choice

"Geographers Guntram Herb (Middlebury College) and David Kaplan (Kent State) have made a valuable contribution with this distinctive work that admirably fulfills its objective of identifying 'major historical eras in the development of nations and nationalism' and examining 'characteristic themes and representative cases' thereof(xi)… In sum, this is an impressive and noteworthy work, also available in electronic format, which should prove a welcome addition to academic collections in political science, appealing to undergraduate and graduate students alike. It is suitable for reference collections, but because each volume can stand on its own, it could circulate as well."Reference & User Services Quarterly

"The chronologies are especially useful. This is a unique tool that would be welcome in world history and global studies programs. The most current of the volumes, 1989 to Present, would be helpful in understanding complicated, current international events. No other reference set covers this ground. Highly recommended.' "Pennsylvania School Librarians Association


Best Reference Title 2008 — Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

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