The dominance of nationalism as ideology and the resurgence of nationalist and ethnic conflict since the end of the Cold War both demand further analysis of the complex interplay between nation, state, sovereignty and self determination. Contrary to many commentators who regard nationalism today merely as an atavistic counter-modernist experience, Cherry Bradshaw places the phenomenon of nationalism squarely within the continuing Enlightenment project and brings together political theory, history, anthropology and international relations in order to investigate the appeal and the dangers of nationalism in contemporary world politics. This is critical reading for those interested in ethics, political theory and philosophy, human rights and political sociology.

Introduction A Century of Bloody Nations; Chapter 1 Self-determination: Roots of the Idea; Chapter 2 Self-determination: The Twentieth Century; Chapter 3 The Liberal Self in Self-determination; Chapter 4 The Romantic Self in Self-determination; Chapter 5 Self-determination: Sovereignty and Rights; Chapter 6 Unhappy Nations; conclusion Self-determination or Rights?;