What Is A Nation? And Other Political Writings (eBook)
de Ernest Renan
Sobre o livro
Ernest Renan was one of the leading lights of the Parisian intellectual scene in the second half of the nineteenth century. A philologist, historian, and biblical scholar, he was a prominent voice of French liberalism and secularism. Today most familiar in the English-speaking world for his 1882 lecture What Is a Nation? and its definition of a nation as an everyday plebiscite, Renan was a major figure in the debates surrounding the Franco-Prussian War, the Paris Commune, and the birth of the Third Republic, and had a profound influence on thinkers across the political spectrum who grappled with the problem of authority and social organization in the new world wrought by the forces of modernization.
What Is a Nation? and Other Political Writings is the first English-language anthology of Renans political thought. Offering a broad selection of Renan's writings from several periods of his public life, most previously untranslated, it restores Renan to his place as one of Frances major liberal thinkers and gives vital critical context to his views on nationalism. The anthology both illuminates the characteristics that distinguished late nineteenth-century French liberalism from its English and American counterparts and the more controversial parts of Renans legacy, including his analysis of colonial expansion, his views of Islam and Judaism, and the role of race in his thought. The volume contains a critical introduction to Renans life and work as well as detailed annotations that assist in recovering the wealth and complexity of his thought.