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Unit 3 Nationalism and Self Determination

Politics, Culture and Society, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Andrew Delatolla
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Theorising Nationalism and the Nation: Key Readings

Ernest Gellner, ‘Nationalism’, Theory and Society, 10:6 (1981), pp. 753-776 Available at     

Anthony Smith, Ethno-symbolism and nationalism: a cultural approach. London: Routledge, 2009, pp.1-41. Available as an ebook through library catalogue.     


Nationalism and Nationalist Conflict in Europe

Mark Hewitson and Timothy Bancroft (eds), What is a Nation? Europe, 1798-1914 (2005), introduction. (available online)

André Gerrits, Nationalism in Europe since 1945, London, 2016, introduction     

M. Teich and R. Porter (eds), The National Question in Europe in Historical Context (Cambridge, 2003).

U.V. Hirscherhausen and L. Leonard (eds), Nationalism in Europe (2001)  


Other Readings on the Theorisation of Nationalism and the Nation

Arash Abizadeh, ‘Does Liberal Democracy Presupposes a Cultural Nation? Four Arguments’, The American political science review. 96:3 (2002), 495-509. Available on campus at

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities. London: Verso, 1991 (especially chapter 1)

Michael Billig, Banal Nationalism, London, 1995.

John Breuilly (ed), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism. Oxford, 2013.

John Hutchinson and Anthony Smith (eds.), Nationalism, OUP, Oxford, 1994.

Ernest Gellner, Nations and nationalism. 2nd edition with an introduction by John Breuilly, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006.

Eric Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism since 1780, Cambridge, 1992.

E.J. Hobsbawm and T. Ranger, The Invention of Tradition, Cambridge, 1977. (Especially Chapter 1)

Anthony Marx (2002), ‘The nation-state and its exclusions’, Political science quarterly. 117: 1, 103-126, available online  

Anthony Smith, National Identity, London, 1991.


Nationalism and National Identity in Europe

General works

Mark Hewitson and Timothy Bancroft (eds), Nationalism in Europe, 1798-1914 (2005).     

Andre Gerrits, Nationalism in Europe since 1945, London, 2016.  

U.V. Hirschausen and L. Leonard, Nationalism in Europe, Gottingen, 2001.  

M. Teich and R. Porter (eds), The National Question in Europe in Historical Context, Cambridge, 1993.

Regionalist/Nationalist Challenges to Western European States

R.D. Fitgar, The Rise of Regionalism: the Causes of Regional Mobilization in Western Europe, New York, 2010.  

Michael Keating, State and Regional Nationalism, Brighton, 1988.

Julius W. Friend, Stateless Nations, Basingstoke, 2012.

Angel Smith, ‘Nationalisms against the Spanish State, 1808-1923: Cuba Catalonia and the Basque Country’, in Paul Garner and Angel Smith (eds), Nationalism and Transnationalism in Spain and Latin America, 1808-1923 (2017).     

John H. Elliot, Scots and Catalans: Union and Disunion. Yale, 2018.

Dowling, Andrew, “Accounting for the Turn to Succession in Catalonia”, International Journal of Iberian Studies 27, nos. 2-3 (2014), 219-234.    

Gillespie, R., and C. Gray, (eds.), Contesting Spain? The Dynamics of Nationalist Movements in Catalonia and the Basque Country (Routledge, 2015).


The Rise of the Populist Right

Lise Esther Herman and James Muldoom, Trumping the Mainstream: The Conquest of European Politics by the Populist Right, New York, 2019.

Mammone, Andrea, Godin, Emmanuel and Jenkins, Brian (eds.) Varieties of right-wing extremism in Europe, Routledge, 2013.

Davies, Peter The National Front in France : ideology, discourse and power Routledge, 1999

Fieschi, Catherine Fascism, populism, and the French Fifth Republic : in the shadow of democracy Manchester University Press, 2004

Mammone, Andrea, Godin, Emmanuel and Jenkins, Brian (eds.) Mapping the extreme right in contemporary Europe : from local to transnational Routledge, 2012 (online)

Mondon, Aurélien ‘The Front National in the Twenty-First Century: From Pariah to Republican Democratic Contender?’, Modern & contemporary France., Vol.22, No.3, July 2014, pp.301-320 (online)     

Shields, James G. The extreme right in France : from Pétain to Le Pen, Routledge, 2007 – see Part Two.

Shields, James G. ‘Marine Le Pen and the ‘New’ FN: a change of style or of substance? ’, Parliamentary affairs., Vol.66, No.1, 2013, pp.179-196 (online)

Shields, James G. ‘The Front National: From Systematic Opposition to Systematic Integration? ’, Modern & contemporary France., Vol.22, No.4, October 2014, pp.491-511 (online).    

Shields, Jim. 'The Front National since the 1970s: electoral impact and party system change' in Chabal, Emile. France since the 1970s : history, politics and memory in an age of uncertainty (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014)    

Stuart J. Turnbull-Dugarte, 'Explaining the End of Spanish Exceptionalism and Electoral Support for Vox', Research and Politics, vol. 6, no.2 (2019).   

Carles Ferreria, 'Vox as Representative of the Radical Right in Spain: A Study of its Ideology', Asociación Espanola de Ciencia Política y de Administración     

Gianluca Passarelli, 'Extreme Right Wing Politics in Western Europe: the Case of the Italian Northern League', vol. 18, no. 1 (2013), pp. 53-71.     


This list was last updated on 24/08/2021