Benedict Anderson’S Book Is One Of The Most Cited And In

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Benedict Anderson’s book is one of the most cited and in its field. “Indeed, no single phrase occurs as widely and frequently in the literature on nationalism as ‘imagined communities’. It is not always attributed to its original creator – testimony to its wide acceptance and adoption,” (Desai: 183). Imagined communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism was first published in 1983 and revised and reissued in 1991, 2006 and 2016. The book became very influential and debated after its first publication, the author later clarified some parts of the book as reaction to critiques and added several chapter as a reaction to the claimed end of the era of nationalism in connection to globalization. Most people nowadays think of…show more content…
Religion differences between the inhabitants, most of the original population were Catholics, lead over the centuries to the division of two ethnic/nations on the Ulster territory – protestant and catholic. After the partition of the island in 1921 the southern part declared independence, however the Northern Ireland territory remained a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The conflict between ethnic/nations sharpened itself, because most of the Catholics wanted to united the island under Irish rule (the republicans), while protestants wanted to remained unified the Great Britain (the unionists and the loyalists). At the end of the 1960’s the conflict turned itself into a violent one and the attacks and killing continued for the next thirty years during the period called „the Troubles.” The conflict was settled by the end of the 1990’s with a contribution of the governments of the Republic of Ireland, the Great Britain and the US. Why do I call groups in the Norther Ireland “ethics/nations”? Most authors, especially European ones, use the term ethnics to label different groups in Northern Ireland based on their similarities – social, linguistic, religion and national experiences. However, I believe that groups in Northern Ireland can be adequately called nations based on Anderson 's definition. One of the groups striving for the reunification of

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