This is a bold book by an intrepid historian. Seton-Watson traces the growth of nationalism in the contemporary world and, in the process, spans centuries and continents. His narrative is interspersed with personal reflections, anecdotes and political disillusionments. The study's major weakness is the author's lack of an economic perspective and his failure to relate the history of nationalism to the growth of markets and of the economic role of the state. But the author's mastery of a breathtaking amount of historical, social and political material and his skillful style result in a penetrating and thought-provoking study.