Nationalism and Culture is a detailed and scholarly study of the
development of nationalism and the changes in human cultures from
the dawn of history to the present day and an analysis of the
relations of these to one another. It tells the story of the growth
of the State and the other institutions of authority and their
influence on life and manners, on architecture and art, on
literature and thought.
It traces the evolution of religious and political systems and
their relation to the authoritarian State on the one hand and to
the people on the other; it analyzes the Nation as alleged
community of race, of culture, of language, of interest. It
presents in its 592 pages a series of cross-sections of European
society at successive historical periods and relates them to one
another; it offers copious illustrations of the literature of every
period and country. It is at every point illuminated by the
interpretative comment of the author, scholarly, brilliant, poetic,
human; it is the ripened fruit of thirty years of intensive and
devoted study by a man in every way fitted for the task.
.".. an important contribution to political philosophy, both on
account of its penetrating and widely informative analysis of many
famous writers, and on account of the brilliant criticism of
state-worship." -- Bertrand Russell
"Rocker's wide historical background, his richness of reference,
his deep organic humanism give to his thesis far more than the
academic qualifications it likewise possesses. A book worthy to be
placed on the same shelf that holds Candide, The Rights of Man and
Mutual Aid." -- Lewis Mumford
.".. extraordinarily original and illuminating." -- Albert
.".. tolerant, modest, and aware of thee values in culture." --
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