Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality by Eric J. Hobsbawm

By Eric J. Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm's remarkable enquiry into the query of nationalism received additional approval for his 'colossal stature ... his incontrovertible excellence as an historian, and his authoritative and hugely readable prose'. contemporary occasions in japanese Europe and the previous Soviet republics have on account that bolstered the valuable significance of nationalism within the historical past of political evolution and upheaval. This moment version has been up-to-date within the gentle of these occasions, with a last bankruptcy addressing the influence of the dramatic adjustments that experience taken position. additionally it is extra maps to demonstrate nationalities, languages and political divisions throughout Europe within the 19th and 20th centuries.

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33 More wide-ranging repression ensued. 34 The deportations of Rai and Singh, however, suggested that a stance of loyalism would be appropriate. Even as a formal deputation of the Arya Samaj waited on the lieutenant governor, intelligence reports continued to bring news of HinduMuslim organisation. ” The use of itinerant lecturers and other religious preachers and the rapid increase in circulation of particularly “seditious” papers were noted: India of Gujranwala’s readership had grown from a few hundred to almost five thousand.

The use of itinerant lecturers and other religious preachers and the rapid increase in circulation of particularly “seditious” papers were noted: India of Gujranwala’s readership had grown from a few hundred to almost five thousand. ” But 21 CHANGING HOMELANDS the British were confident of the limits of this movement. 38 Zamindars were asked to continue agitating in areas where the Ordinance of 1907 did not apply. Punjabi leaders, including prominent women, raised funds for the defence of the convicted editors of the Hindustan and India newspapers, and to avenge the deportation of Lajpat Rai.

Despite evidence of multiple political identities, the British succeeded in emphasizing one such identity: that of belonging to a religious community. What did it actually mean to represent the entire community of Hindus or Muslims in British-controlled legislative arenas? The British posed the question to their trusted lieutenants in the field and they, in turn, courted native opinion. To trace the formation of a seemingly evident monochromatic political identity, we must pay attention to the framing of the question.

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