A Contested Nation: History, Memory and Nationalism in Switzerland, 1761-1891

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Cambridge University Press, 10 лип. 2003 р. - 269 стор.
This book examines the ways in which the Swiss defined their national identity in the long nineteenth century, in the face of a changing domestic and international background. It explores why the nation became a theme of public concern at particular historical junctures, how different social actors created and re-created Swiss nationhood, and why they embraced some definitions rather than others. The book's narrative begins in the 1760s, which witnessed the genesis of an early national movement, and ends in the 1890s when Switzerland had developed into a modern nation.

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Confederate identity before nationalism events politics symbols
Dreaming of the wider fatherland the nation of the patriots
Contentious unity the rise and fall of an indivisible nation
The nation has had her say at last
We have become a people
Competing visions of the nations past
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Сторінка 7 - They are highly relevant to that comparatively recent historical innovation, the 'nation', with its associated phenomena: nationalism, the nation-state, national symbols, histories and the rest. All these rest on exercises in social engineering which are often deliberate and always innovative, if only because historical novelty implies innovation.
Сторінка 11 - Maurizio Viroli, For Love of Country: An Essay on Patriotism and Nationalism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995), 7-8.
Сторінка 14 - Alten Eidgenossen» im Wandel der Zeiten. Das Bild der frühen Eidgenossen im Traditionsbewusstsein und in der Identitätsvorstellung der Schweizer vom 15. bis ins 20. Jahrhundert, in: Innerschweiz und frühe Eidgenossenschaft.
Сторінка 13 - If politics is the ground upon which the category of the nation was first proposed, culture was the terrain where it was elaborated, and in this sense nationality is best conceived as a complex, uneven, and unpredictable process, forged from an interaction of cultural coalescence and specific political intervention, which cannot be reduced to static criteria of language, territory, ethnicity, or culture.

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Oliver Zimmer was educated at the University of Zurich (Lic. Phil. I) and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Ph.D.), and he began his academic career at the University of Durham in 1999. In 2005 he took up a University Lectureship (CUF) at Oxford. Previous publications include Nationalism in Europe, 1890-1940 (2003) and Power and the Nation in European History (edited with Len Scales, Cambridge University Press, 2005).

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