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The Cult of the Nation in France

Inventing Nationalism, 1680–1800

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$33.00 • £26.95 • €29.50

ISBN 9780674012370

Publication Date: 09/01/2003

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320 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

16 halftones, 3 tables

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Using eighteenth-century France as a case study, David Bell offers an important new argument about the origins of nationalism. Before the eighteenth century, the very idea of nation-building—a central component of nationalism—did not exist. During this period, leading French intellectual and political figures came to see perfect national unity as a critical priority, and so sought ways to endow all French people with the same language, laws, customs, and values. The period thus gave rise to the first large-scale nationalist program in history.

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