Soldered states: nation-building in Germany and Vietnam

Soldered states: nation-building in Germany and Vietnam by Claire Sutherland

ISBN10: 0719079314
ISBN13: 978-0719079313
Author: Claire Sutherland
Title: Soldered states: nation-building in Germany and Vietnam
Publisher: Manchester University Press; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1688 kb
Size PDF: 1661 kb
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Subcategory: Social Sciences

Soldered states: nation-building in Germany and Vietnam by Claire Sutherland



The book examines the power of nationalism to solder nation-states back together rather than break them apart. In this innovative, cross-continental comparison of nation-building in Germany and Vietnam, the focus is on their shared experience of division, communism and regional integration, offering original insights into how governments go about maintaining nation-state legitimacy in the twenty-first century.

Neither German nor Vietnamese governments have succeeded in effacing national division, for a host of historical, economic, psychological, sociological and even climatic reasons. Yet their efforts tell us a great deal about how national identity is negotiated today. The study offers a fresh perspective on nationalist ideology which will be of interest to specialists and students in comparative politics, European and Southeast Asian studies as well as nationalism studies. For the general reader, it provides a fascinating introduction to contemporary nation-building in a unique combination of cases across two continents.

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