A critical reappraisal of the concept of the ‘Imagined Community’ and the presumed sacred languages of the medieval period

  title={A critical reappraisal of the concept of the ‘Imagined Community’ and the presumed sacred languages of the medieval period},
  author={Michel Marc Bouchard},
  journal={National Identities},
  pages={24 - 3}
  • M. Bouchard
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Sociology
  • National Identities
It is rare to find an analysis of nationalism that does not invoke Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities, first published in 1983 and then reprinted in 1991. Although the term has caught the imagination of many researchers, the concept of the ‘imagined community’ is based on a number of questionable premises. The first problematic assertion is that prior to modernity the medieval period's sacred languages and scripts provided the basis for universal religious communities. The emergence of… 

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