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Imagined Communities Summary

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In Benedict Anderson’s, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, he discusses how others embraced nationalism. These others, such as imperialist powers and anti-imperialist resistances, changed and modified nationalism to pursue their social, political, and ideological beliefs. Anderson examines these “imagined communities,” as he describes them, globally and how these communities came to be. He goes into detail of several of the processes, including the territorialization of religious faiths, the decline of antique kingship, the interaction between capitalism and print, the development of secular languages-of-state, and changing conceptions of time and space, that helped create the communities. In Anderson’s…show more content…
The first change was “unselfconscious coherence” reducing in religion, along with the promotion of using the regional language. Anderson describes this change as the “idea that called into being the great transcontinental sodalities of Christendom, the Islamic Unmah, and the rest” (Page 36). The second change was the decline in dynasties and monarchies. As Europe revolutionized in 1600s and 1700s, the authority of dynasties began to decline, as well as their ideas for government. The last change was in the idea of time. People began to see time as “homogenous” and “empty.” These changes resulted in the search for a new…show more content…
Anderson explains there were two factors, “pilgrim creole functionaries and provincial creole printmen,” that played a major role in the livelihood of Latin American nationalism. He believes the pilgrim creole functionaries served a greater purpose during “secular pilgrimages” to their governmental territories. As they set out on their pilgrimages, they “found travelling companions, who came to sense that their fellowship was based not only on that pilgrimage’s particular stretch, but on the shared fatality of trans-Atlantic birth” (Page 57). The creation of the newspaper in the 1700s, along with other rises in print-capitalism, allowed for an imagined nationalism in these territories. They “created an imagined community among a specific assemblage of fellow-readers, to whom these ships, brides, bishops and prices belonged” (Page
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