By Nigel Harris
In this provocative book Nigel Harris, author of The End of the Third World, takes a new look at the origins of nationalism in the rise of capitalism and the modern state. He examines the alternative tradition of internationalism in the post-revolutionary Soviet Union as a background to the astonishing revival of nationalisms in the USSR. He then traces these themes to revolutionary China, with comparable case studies of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He also considers Zionism as a counter case of a national liberation founded upon the exclusion of the indigenous population. In the final part of this stimulating investigation Nigel Harris reflects on the long-term viability of nationalism in an integrating world economy.