By Anthony D. Smith

'Unto thy seed i've got given this land.' From the instant of God's covenant with Abraham within the previous testomony, the concept that a everyone is selected by means of God has had a significant function in shaping nationwide id.
Chosen Peoples argues powerfully that sacred trust continues to be principal to nationwide id, even in an more and more secular, globalized glossy global. during this vital new examine, Anthony D. Smith is going looking for the deep Judeo-Christian roots of the various manifestations of nationwide identity.
This wealthy and well timed contribution to present debates approximately nationalism explains the complicated historic purposes at the back of frequently violent sleek conflicts round problems with land, tradition, faith, and politics. Tracing the advance of person international locations over many centuries, it deals interesting insights into the non secular and cultural foundations of nations akin to nice Britain, the us, Israel, France, and Germany. The argument attracts on quite a lot of examples from historical landscapes in eire, Switzerland and Egypt, myths of Arthurian Britain, Holy Russia, and Byzantium, via thoughts of a 'Golden Age', to the fashionable commemoration of the 'Glorious Dead', and of sufferers of war.

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