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3. The Development of Nationalism and Citizenship

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The study of nationalism and citizenship is a fairly recent phenomenon in comparative historical sociology, a field that largely took for granted the territorial nation-state as the overarching framework of its main object of study - the evolution of modern societies. For a variety of intellectual reasons, the problematic of nationalism and citizenship remained on the margins of interest in comparative historical sociology. The purpose of the this chapter is to place the most influential theories of nationalism and citizenship in the broader context of the history of sociological thought, while recognizing that some of the key sociological arguments in the field were also developed by anthropologists, political scientists, and historians. Capitalism helped to bind social classes into a unified economic community; political centralization, warfare, and cultural coordination, forged the link between state and nation.

Keywords: capitalism; citizenship; comparative historical sociology; nationalism; state-building; war-making



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