Symbols of Defeat in the Construction of National Identity (BOK)

Steven Mock

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If nationalism is the assertion of legitimacy for a nation and its effectiveness as a political entity, why do many nations emphasize images of their own defeat in understanding their history? Using Israel, Serbia, France, Greece and Ghana as examples, the author argues that this phenomenon exposes the ambivalence that lurks behind the passions nationalism evokes. Symbols of defeat glorify a nation's ancient past, while reenacting the destruction of that past as a necessary step in constructing a functioning modern society. As a result, these symbols often assume a foundational role in national mythology. Threats to such symbols are perceived as threats to the nation itself and consequently are met with desperation difficult for outsiders to understand.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Steven Mock
ISBN 9781107013360
Antall sider 306 Dimensjoner 16,2cm x 23,5cm x 2,4cm
Vekt 558 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd