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The Roots of Nationalism in European History

Author(s): Andrew Sangster

Book Description

This book challenges the commonly held belief that Nationalism is a recent phenomenon. It surveys European history from the tribal stage to 1989-90, and concludes with a commentary on events between 1990 and the European Elections of May 2019. During this review, it comments on the growth of nations across the European scene and the early signs of the various types of nationalism. Nationalism demands many qualifying adjectives, and this is examined as its variations occur. The study explores humanity’s propensities, especially the sense of alienation towards those who speak another language or have a different ethnicity, customs, or religious belief. In addition, it looks at humanity’s other inclinations to seek territory, wealth, resources, power and influence. These determinants, it is argued, form the basis of Nationalism, whether it is projected by the rulers or emerges from the populace. The book proposes that Nationalism is as “old as the hills”, but became dangerously aggressive in the twentieth century and remains a serious issue.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3612-8
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3612-2
Date of Publication: 01/09/2019
Pages / Size: 383 / A5
Price: £64.99


The Revd Dr Andrew Sangster is the author of several history books and magazine articles, and he co-authored a book with an Italian historian. His publications include Pathway to Establishment, and Nazi Thug to British Mayor. He has written several biographies, including those of Field Marshal Kesselring, Göbbels, Himmler, Göring, Beria and Franco. He has written a history of France from 1936 to 1946, entitled The Agony of France, and an Analytical Diary of 1939-40. In his book Two and a Half Deserters, he studied the events leading up to desertion in the Italian campaign through the eyes of three nationalities. Of this last book, Sir Michael Howard wrote “I have seldom read anything that deals so well with the ‘underside of war.’” Although ordained as a priest, he has spent half of his working life in education at secondary and tertiary levels, and he holds a doctorate in Modern European History, as well as degrees in Law, Theology, English and History.