For Love of Country
An Essay On Patriotism and Nationalism
By (author) Maurizio Viroli
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For Love of Country by Maurizio Viroli
Book DescriptionNationalism and patriotism are two of the most powerful forces shaping world history. Though seen by many as two sides of the same coin, they have come to have widely different connotations. Nationalism is increasingly seen as destructive, and at the root of the world's bloodiest conflicts; patriotism seems something more benign, a political virtue. How are we to mark the distinction between these two phenomena? How can we rescue patriotism from the tainted grasp of nationalism? Reconstructing the historical the meaning of the terms, Maurizio Viroli shows how the two concepts have been used within specific cultural and ideological contexts. He reviews the political though of Italy, England, and Germany and shows how patriotism and nationalism have fundamentally different roots. Professor Viroli concludes that it is morally unacceptable, and indeed unnecessary, to be a nationalist to defend the values that nationalists hold dear. Patriotism, however, is a valuable source of civic responsibility.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198279525
(225mm x 144mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 14-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Religion and liberty are often thought to be mutual enemies. This title argues that political emancipation and the defense of political liberty have always required the self-sacrifice of people with religious sentiments and a religious devotion to liberty. It shows that when this has been corrupted or suffocated, Italians have lost their liberty.
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