In what is more an essay than a book, the author offers a sweeping historical and philosophical account of nationalism in eastern Europe. Perhaps because the pages are few and the compass broad, the ambitious framework at times is scattered and undeveloped. The treatment of Romania, the author's native country and central case, offers a compact survey of the long path to modern Romanian nationhood, but in the end she has less to say about nationalism-recent or current-than about its manipulation by Ceausescu and his successors and, for that matter, their general abuse of power.
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