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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


What we are reading

The study of nationalism is interdisciplinary, and so is our reading. The Edinburgh University Library is well-stocked to support our programme, including subscriptions to many relevant e-journals. The lists below give a sense of the kinds of stuff you will read with us, and ideas for preliminary reading.

These single author overviews of the subject are good places to start (the first two are by core staff in the MSc in Nationalism Studies):

Hearn, J. (2006) Rethinking Nationalism: A Critical Introduction, Palgrave Macmillan.

McCrone, D. (1998) The Sociology of Nationalism, Routledge.

Maleševic, S. (2013) Nation-States and Nationalisms, Polity.

Özkirimli, U. (2010) Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction, Macmillan, Second Edition.

The following readers provide good coverage of the field, and are frequently drawn on in our core courses:

Guibernau, M. and J. Hutchinson (eds.) (2001) Understanding Nationalism, Polity.

Balakrishnan , G. (ed) (1996), Mapping the Nation, Verso Books.

Hutchinson, J. and A. D. Smith (eds.) (1994), Nationalism, Oxford UP.

Eley, G. and R. G. Suny (eds.) (1996), Becoming National: A Reader, Oxford UP.

More books that figure prominently in the programme:

Aktürk, S. (2012) Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia and Turkey, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Anderson, B. (2006) Imagined Communities, London: Verso, Revised Edition

Billig, M. (1995) Banal Nationalism, London: Sage.

Breuilly, J. (1993) Nationalism and the State, 2nd edn, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Brubaker, R. (2007) Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Calhoun, C. (2007) Nations Matter: Culture, History and the Cosmopolitan Dream, London: Routledge.

Canovan, M. (1996) Nationhood and Political Theory, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Chatterjee, P. (1993) The Nation and Its Fragments, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Connor, W. (1994) Ethnonationalism: The Quest for Understanding, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Eriksen, T. H. (1993) Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives, London: Pluto Press.

Gellner, E. (1983) Nations and Nationalism, Ithica, NY: Cornell Uiversity Press.

Guibernau, M. (2007) The Identity of Nations, Cambridge: Polity.

Hall, J.A. and S. Maleševic (eds.) (2013) Nationalism and War, Cambridge Univesity Press.

Hall, J. A. (2010) Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography, London: Verso.

Hastings, A. (1997) The Construction of Nationhood: Ethnicity, Religion, and Nationalism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hechter, M. (2000) Containing Nationalism, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hobsbawm, E. and T. Ranger (eds), The Invention of Tradition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hroch. M. (2000) The Social Preconditions of National Revival in Europe, New York: Columbia University Press.

Hutchinson, J. (2005) Nations as Zones of Conflict, London: Sage.

Kennedy, J. (2013) Liberal Nationalisms: Empire, State, and Civil Society in Scotland and Quebec, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Kymlicka (2001) Politics in the Vernacular: Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Citizenship, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mann, M. (1993, 2013) The Sources of Social Power, Vols. II, III & IV, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Miller, D. (1995) On Nationality, Oxford: Oxford University Press

McCrone, D. and F. Bechhofer (2015) Understanding National Identity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Nairn, T. (1997) Faces of Nationalism, London: Verso.

Özkirimli, U. (2005) Contemporary Debates on Nationalism: A Critical Engagement, New York: Palgrave.

Reicher, S. and Hopkins, N. (2001) Self and Nation: Categorization, Contestation, and Mobilization, London: Sage.

Riga, L. (2012) The Bolsheviks and the Russian Empire, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Smith, A. (1991) National Identity, Penguin.

Snyder, J. (2000) From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict, New York: Norton.

Wimmer, A. (2013) Ethnic Boundary Making, Oxford University Press

Yack, B. (2012) Nationalism and the Moral Psychology of Community, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Yuval-Davis, N. (1997), Gender and Nation, London: Sage.

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