Imagined Communities : Reflections On The Origin And Spread Of Nationalism

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Anderson’s book Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism discusses the rise of nationalism as a way in which people, through the rise of “print-capitalism” began to create “imagined communities”. In the chapter ‘The Origins of National Consciousness’ he sheds specific light on how the rise of “print-capitalism”, changes in forms of Latin, the Reformation 's use of printing to reach the market that could not speak or read latin, and the unification of government and its subjects under language slowly led to the idea of nationalism which Anderson defines as being “imagined communities” His work has been cited widely due to its revolutionary theory of the phenomenon of nationalism and the chapter “Origins of…show more content…
The role of the Reformation, its insistence in use the vernacular of the region to reach broader audiences. Finally the third factor was “...the slow, geographically uneven spear of particular vernaculars as instruments of administrative centralization.” This is arguably the first to arrive on the scene of nationalist thought but Anderson points out that it wasn’t purposefully meant for consolidation of power in the region but rather meant for ease of communication. All of these factors were slow processes, none of them leading to materialization of nationalism until several hundred years after it’s initial blossoming. As Stephen Heathorn states in his review of Anderson 's book, “ Of course, this did not happen overnight; a process that started m th fifteenth century only came into fruition in the 19th Century.” The first factor, and again the least notable, was the gradual decline in the use of “Church Latin” due to academics using the Ciceronian Latin instead. Meaning that the “ecclesiastical and everyday” use for Latin waned. The second point Anderson uses is the Reformation. Anderson introduced the Reformation as being simultaneously the cause and effect of the creation of “print-capitalism”. Without the printing press’ existence the Reformation would have most likely been squashed by the Catholic Church because they had, “better lines of internal communication,” but use of regional

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