Nations and Nationalisms

France, Britain, Ireland and the eighteenth-century context

Edited by Michael O'Dea and Kevin Whelan

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ISBN: 9780729405102

Publication: January 1, 1995

Series: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 335

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At a moment when nationalism is resurgent and stubbornly refuses to obey past predictions of its imminent demise, a scholarly return to the inaugurating eighteenth-century debates about nationalism, nations and the nation state seems not only desirable but necessary. This collection of essays surveys the issues under eight headings, with the French Revolution as a recurring reference point – not least because of the tension within the Revolution between national interests and universal aspirations, a tension that arguably continues to beset modern ideas of the nation.

The volume offers a broad survey of current thinking on the eighteenth-century nation and the emerging nationalisms of the age. Clusters of essays provide extended treatment of the certain major topics, while others give unexpected sidelights involving figures as diverse as John Toland (Irish philosopher) and Brillat-Savarin (French gastronome and cosmopolitan nationalist). All combine to provide a clear focus on an area of eighteenth-century studies of continuing relevance to the modern reader in Europe and beyond. 


Michael O’Dea and Kevin Whelan, Introduction 

I. Ideas of the nation in the French Revolution 
Michel Vovelle, Entre cosmopolitisme et xénophobie: patrie, nation, république universelle dans les idéologies de la Révolution française 
David J. Denby, Individual, universal, national: a French revolutionary trilogy? 
Edna Hindie Lemay, L’intérêt de la ‘nation’ dans le débat sur le droit de déclarer la guerre ou la paix à l’Assemblée constituante (15-22 mai 1790) 
Jean-Jacques Tatin-Gourier, Figures de l’émigration dans les Lettres écrites de Barcelone de Pierre-Nicolas Chantreau (1792) 

II. Great Britain and Ireland 
Linda Colley, Britishness and Otherness: an argument 
Thomas Bartlett, Protestant nationalism in eighteenth-century Ireland 
Patrick Kelly, Nationalism and the contemporary historians of the Jacobite war in Ireland 
Breadán ó Buachalla, Irish Jacobitism and Irish nationalism: the literary evidence 

III. France and Ireland 
Michel Fuchs, France and Irish nationalism in the eighteenth century 
T. O. McLoughlin, A crisis for the Irish in Bordeaux: 1756 
Máire Kennedy, Nations of the mind: French culture in Ireland and the international booktrade 

IV. Emerging national identities 
Anne-Marie Mercier Faivre, La nation par la langue: philologie, nationalisme et nation dans l’Europe du dix-huitième siècle 
Judith K. Proud, ‘Belgium’ in the eighteenth century: politics and culture, fact and fiction 
Alain-Jacques Czouz-Tornare et Evelyne Maradan, Un anti-nationalisme: la ‘nation suisse’ à la fin du dix-huitième siècle 

V. Echoes of the French Revolution 
Martin Fitzpatrick, Patriots and patriotisms: Richard Price and the early reception of the French Revolution in England 
Kevin Whelan, United and disunited Irishmen: the discourse of sectarianism in the 1790s 

VI. John Toland, tolerance and the nation 
Pierre Lurbe, John Toland, cosmopolitanism, and the concept of nation 
Desmond M. Clarke, Locke and Toland on toleration 

VII. The enlightened traveller?
Séamus Deane, Virtue, travel and the Enlightenment 
Joseph McMinn, Hottentots and Teagues: Swift and barbarous nations 
Simone Carpentari Messina, James Boswell et l’énigme corse 
Patrick Jager, Comment peut-on être arabe? Regards des voyageurs sur les nations levantines 
R. A. Francis and Enid L. Stockwell, Nationhood and cosmopolitanism in the journalism and novels of the Abbé Prévost 

VIII. Gastronomy and destiny 
Beatrice Fink, Brillat-Savarin and the destiny of nations 


Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

375 Pages

Copyright: © 1995

ISBN: 9780729405102

Publication: January 1, 1995

Series: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 335

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