the wrath of nations
The Wrath of Nations: Civilization and the Furies of Nationalism by William Pfaff Publisher: Touchstone (1994) ISBN: 0671892487
This was a very challenging book for me to read. The writing is dense, often obtuse. It covers a great deal of history and culture, and presents, on the whole, a fairly sober, balanced view of the progression of politics and political thought. Pfaff’s comments about nationalism are thought-provoking. He draws together historical events and highlights the long-term effects of a system of interconnected causes.
I highlighted a great many passages, some of which are presented here for your consumption. These should give a feel for the material, and should hopefully be thought-provoking enough to encourage others to read this book.
Chapter One: Nationalism
Chapter Two: Nations and Nationalism
Chapter Three: Internationalism
Chapter Four: Hapsburg and Ottoman Internationalism
Chapter Five: The Ottoman Aftermath
Chapter Six: Asian and African Nationalism
- A contemporary western counterpart, on a minor scale, is England, where the dominant social ideal remains aristocratic and agricultural, that of the gentleman landowner.
Chapter Seven: American Nationalism
Chapter Eight: Liberal Internationalism
Chapter Nine: Progress