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Decline of the Nation-State
Decline of the Nation-State
By Gurutz J Uregui Bereciartu
University Of Nevada Press, 1994, 230 pp

Written in 1986 by a Spanish academic before the explosion of new nationalisms in the former communist world, this book argues that nationalist movements in Europe are profoundly retrograde because they have been associated historically with a strong, centralizing, and homogenizing state. While the rise of strong nation-states was understandable given the requirements of economic integration and war, they have today become obstacles to a healthy civil society. The book suffers from a poor translation and badly needs updating. What is interesting about many of the new nationalist movements of the 1990s is that, unlike those earlier this century, they are decidedly anti-statist and therefore more compatible with the kind of social outcome the author favors.