The Nation as a Local Metaphor

The Nation as a Local Metaphor

All nations make themselves up as they go along, but not all make themselves up in the same way. In this study, Alon Confino explores how Germans turned national and argues that they imagined the nation as an extension of their local place. In 1871, the work of political unification had been completed, but Germany remained a patchwork of regions with different histories and traditions. Germans had to construct a national memory to reconcile the peculiarities of the… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Page count: 296 pages

Language: English


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