Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson

In this widely acclaimed work from 1983, Benedict Anderson ( and examines the creation and global spread of the ‘imagined communities’ of nationality. He explores the processes that created these communities: the territorialization of religious faiths, the decline of antique kingship, the interaction between capitalism and print, the development of vernacular languages-of-state, and changing conceptions of time. He shows how a nationalism born in the Americas was modularly adopted by popular movements in Europe, by the imperialist powers, and by the anti-imperialist resistances in Asia and Africa.

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256 pages in Verso paperback edition

ISBN 978-1844670864

Benedict Anderson

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