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Book Title: Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality|
The author of the book: Eric Hobsbawm
Edition: Cambridge University Press
Date of issue: October 30th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780521439619
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 841 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.6
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3 1/2, I know the guy is a great historian. But I can't handle his writing.
Abandoning the book, my fault I'm sure.
I started reading it about 7 months ago. Things went well for a while, though of course I was reading ten or more other books so progress was slow.
Picked it up yesterday to try to make progress, and just couldn't. Since then I've probably snowplowed through 10-12 pages and fallen asleep about four times.
A couple quotes from the back of the book:
"Eric Hobsbawm's widely acclaimed and highly readable enquiry into the question of nationalism"
"Succinct and masterly"
Well ... I judge it to be neither succinct nor readable (highly or otherwise).
I have no doubt it is a masterfully researched book, with a very well-supported thesis. But it was ultimately too damn hard for me to decipher, I'm not going to spend more time trying to get through its 192 pages.
Each chapter 20-35 pages long, with a dense argument, moving from point to point, no section headings, long paragraphs one after another with even longer sentences ... no wait, that's impossible, but the sentences do seem longer than the paragraphs.
… There is no reason to deny proto-national feelings to pre-nineteenth-century Serbs, not because they were Orthodox as against neighboring Catholics and Muslims – this would not have distinguished them from Bulgars – but because the memory of the old kingdom defeated by the Turks was preserved in song and heroic story, and, perhaps more to the point, in the daily liturgy of the Serbian church which had canonized most of its kings … The potential popular appeal of a state tradition for modern nationalism, whose object it is to establish the nation as a territorial state, is obvious. It has led some such movements to reach far back beyond the real memory of their peoples in the search for a suitable (and suitably impressive) national state in the past, as in the case of the Armenians, whose last sufficiently important kingdom is to be found not later than the first century BC, or the Croats, whose nationalists saw themselves (implausibly) as the heirs of the noble ‘Croatian political nation’.These sentences are part (perhaps half) of a single paragraph (75-76). I could probably get something out of this paragraph if I read it carefully enough. But why bother? I don’t really care about what the author is saying. It’s too damn much work for too little enlightenment and way too little enjoyment.
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