In this book, the latest of his studies on nationalism, Dr. Snyder takes issue with those historians who see nationalism as a declining force in human affairs. He shows how nationalism has retained its role as a strong political force in the contemporary world. While there is a trend toward
economic union in Europe, the idea of extension into political union remains an evanescent dream. The author treats the striking change in the nature of German nationalism, gives attention to the multinational state of Yugoslavia, and traces the strident calls for recognition by such mini-nationalisms as the Basques in Spain. This Anvil book adds to Dr. Snyder's reputation as an internationally recognized expert on nationalism.
"Only if we act in this spirit [brotherhood, humanity, and justice] will we be able effectively to counter the spectre of nationalism which has repeatedly plunged the nations into misery and suffering. Nationalism is a scourge of humanity; we must not surrender to it, but fight it courageously." -- Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Minister
for Foreign Affairs, Fed. Rep. of Germany, in his farewell address, May 15, 1992.