Why Nationalism


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Princeton University Press
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5.8 X 1.0 X 8.6 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Yael (Yuli) Tamir is president of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and adjunct professor at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. A founder of the Israeli peace movement, she is a former Labor Party member of the Knesset and formerly served as Israel's minister of education and minister of immigration absorption. She is the author of Liberal Nationalism (Princeton). She lives in Tel Aviv.


"With clarity and insight, Why Nationalism describes the challenges posed by the recent turn to populist nationalism in Western liberal democracies. Yael Tamir brings a better and more thoughtful understanding of nationalism to bear on this hot topic than most other contributors. This is a useful book for readers perplexed by contemporary politics and looking for a guide."--Bernard Yack, Brandeis University
Progressives are getting nostalgic for nationalism. . . . Why Nationalism is an important contribution to this growing literature. Yael Tamir elegantly recounts nationalism's virtues.---Peter Spiro, Lawfare
Free-market libertarians and social democrats both have lots to learn from this measured and thoughtful book.---David Conway, Jewish Chronicle
Tamir's work makes an important contribution by forcing us to recognize that national feeling, however defined, isn't going away. Her argument is that the resurgence in nationalism derives in part from a reaction against an economic structure whose benefits flow mostly to those at the top, those who have rejected any responsibility for helping their fellow members of the national community. That is an argument progressives can and should incorporate into their presentation. But we can't do that if we reject the very idea of a national community, what Tamir defines as the 'political we.'---Ian Reifowitz, Daily Kos
Interesting and provocative. . . . Highly ambitious.---Jonathan Derbyshire, Financial Times
[Tamir] courageously defends moderate and universal nationalist outlooks, masterfully distinguishes between these and the murky populist wave washing over societies worldwide and endangering the Western democratic order . . . . [Why Nationalism] is outstanding in that it combines her background as a political philosopher with her many years of hands-on political experience, something that can't be said of many scholars in the West who are now focusing on these issues.---Shlomo Avineri, Haaretz
"A book for our times, Why Nationalism is carefully argued and fiercely written. Yael Tamir provides an original and incisive account of the 'nationalism of the vulnerable'--the people who are being left behind--expressing a sympathy that is often missing among liberal writers."--Michael Walzer, author of A Foreign Policy for the Left
"[Tamir] pits nationalism against globalism and finds the former preferable.... Not a defense of Trumpian politics but a measured explanation of why the American populace was so receptive to both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders."--Kirkus