• Corpus ID: 129129894

Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and Political Identity in Southeast Asia

@inproceedings{Reid2009ImperialAN,
  title={Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and Political Identity in Southeast Asia},
  author={Anthony Reid},
  year={2009}
}
  • A. Reid
  • Published 19 November 2009
  • Sociology
The mid-twentieth century marked one of the greatest watersheds of Asian history, when a range of imperial constructs were declared to be nation-states, either by revolution or decolonisation. Nationalism was the great alchemist, turning the base metal of empire into the gold of nations. To achieve such a transformation from the immense diversity of these Asian empires required a different set of forces from those that Europeans had needed in their transitions from multi-ethnic empires to… 

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