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Required Reading
Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (1983; 1991; 2006), especially chapters 1-3 and 9-10.

Susan Pedersen, "Gender, Welfare, and Citizenship in Britain during the Great War," American Historical Review 95:4 (Oct. 1990), 983-1006.

Mahmood Mamdani, "Beyond Settler and Native as Political Identities: Overcoming the Political Legacy of Colonialism," Comparative Studies in Society and History (2001) 651-664.

Giorgio Agamben, "We Refugees" (1994), on-line.

Further Suggestions
Julia Adams, The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe (2005).

Nancy Applebaum et. al., eds., Race and Nation in Modern Latin America (2003).Anderson, "Eastern and western nationalism"

Perry Anderson, Lineages of the Absolutist State (1984).

Rogers Brubaker, Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany (1992); see also his Nationalism Reframed: Nationhood and the National Question in the new Europe (1996).

Linda Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 (1992).

Matthew Connelly, "Seeing beyond the State: the Population control Movement and the Problem of Sovereignty," Past and Present 193:1 (2006), 197-233.

29:4 "Grounds of Comparison: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson," available on-line

Kevin Doak, A History of Nationalism in Modern Japan: Placing the People (2007).

Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism (1983).

Liah Greenfeld, Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity (1992).

Liah Greenfeld, The Spirit of Capitalism: Nationalism and Economic Growth (2001).

Francine Hirsch, “The Soviet Union as a Work in Progress: Ethnographers and the Category “Nationality” in the 1926, 1939, and 1939 Censuses,” Slavic Review 56:2 (summer 1997), 251-278.

Eric Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism since 1760 (1990).
Nationalism Project
Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, eds., The Invention of Tradition (1983).

Amin Maalouf, In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong (2003).

J. Achilles Mbembe, On the Postcolony (2001)--if you're logged on to IUCAT, you can look at a digital version of this.

Elizabeth A. Povinelli, "Sexual Savages/Sexual Sovereignty: Australian Colonial Texts and the Postcolonial Politics of Nationalism," Diacritics 24:2-3 ( 1994), 122-150.

James Scott, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition have Failed (1998); see also the reviews by Jane Caplan, Morton Keller, and Fernando Coronil, all in American Historical Review 106 (2001), 106-129.Max Weber

Quentin Skinner, "The State" in Terence Ball, James Farr, and Russell Hanson, eds., Political Innovation and Conceptual Change (1989).

Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China (1979).

Yuri Slezkine,"The USSR as a Communal Apartment, or how a Socialist State Promoted Ethnic Particularism," Slavic Review 53:2 (1994), 414-452.

Ronald Grigor Suny, "Constructing Primordialism: Old Histories for New Nations," Journal of Modern History 73:4 (2001), 862-896.

John Torpey, The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State (2000).

Eugen Weber, Peasants into Frenchmen (1980).


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