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By Oliver Zimmer

Few could doubt the valuable value of 'the country' within the making and unmaking of contemporary political groups. but if did 'the state' first turn into a basic political issue? This booklet engages the services of contemporary historians in an try and get to the bottom of the difficulty. A deep rift nonetheless separates 'modernist' views, which view the political country as a phenomenon restricted to trendy, industrialized societies, from the perspectives of students fascinated with the pre-industrial global who insist, frequently vehemently, that countries have been critical to pre-modern political lifestyles additionally.

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