Making and Unmaking the Nation in World History: Introduction

  title={Making and Unmaking the Nation in World History: Introduction},
  author={Sophie-Jung H. Kim and Alastair McClure and Joseph McQuade},
  journal={History Compass},
This special issue consists of six articles initially presented at a conference titled ‘(Un)Making the Nation’, held at the University of Cambridge on the 10th and 11th of September in 2015. With papers ranging across temporal, geographical and thematic boundaries, this international and interdisciplinary conference explored various new engagements with the concepts of nations and nationalism. The introduction traces the ways historians have sought to insert ‘the nation’ into their work in… 
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  • Sociology
    Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • 2002
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