National Myths Book

National Myths


  • Author : Gérard Bouchard
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-05-02
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136221101

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National Myths Excerpt :

National myths are now seriously questioned in a number of societies. In the West, for instance, a number of factors have combined to destabilise the symbolic foundation of nations and collective identities. As a result, the diagnosis of a deep cultural crisis has become commonplace. Indeed, who today has not heard about the erosion of common values or the undermining of social cohesion? But to efficiently address this issue, do we know enough about the nature and role of myths in modern and postmodern societies? Against this background, National Myths: Constructed Pasts, Contested Presents relies on a sample of nations from around the world and seeks to highlight the functioning of national myths, both as representations that make sense of a collectivity, and as socially grounded tools used in a web of power relations. The collection draws together contributions from international experts to examine the present state of national myths, and their fate in today’s rapidly-changing society. Can – or must – nations do without the sort of overarching symbolic configurations that national myths provide? If so, how to rethink the fabrics and the future of our societies? This book will appeal to students and scholars interested in sociology, national, identity and memory studies, myths, shared beliefs, or collective imaginaries.

National Myths in Renaissance France Book

National Myths in Renaissance France


  • Author : R. E. Asher
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 269
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X002251671

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National Myths in Renaissance France Excerpt :

"It was the seventh-century Chronicle of Fredegar which first gave the Franks a Trojan ancestry, and the lineage stuck. This fascinating new study shows how, even as late as the sixteenth century, historians and poets found the lure of the eponymic hero Francus, the Glorious Druids and the Great Celtic Past irresistible. It describes how, obsessed with the origins of their country and the prevailing nationalism of the age, early sixteenth-century writers were largely uncritical of their highly spurious sources - even acknowledged forgeries such as those of Annius of Viterbo. However, a desire to replace fiction with fact gradually took hold as the Renaissance progressed, and National Myths examines the reasons for this change of mood and discusses the emotional satisfaction afforded by a belief in the Trojan and Gallic legends." "With its topical themes of nationalism and the politicisation of history, this book sheds new light on Renaissance historiography and on the history of ideas in general."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Myths of the Nation Book

Myths of the Nation


  • Author : British Academy Research Fellow Rumina Sethi
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 221
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015047588580

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Myths of the Nation Excerpt :

Focusing on the construction of forms of historical consciousness in narratives, this underscores what goes behind the writing of authentic histories by treating historical fiction as the literary dimension of nationalist ideology.

Japanese Historians and the National Myths  1600 1945 Book

Japanese Historians and the National Myths 1600 1945


  • Author : John S. Brownlee
  • Publisher : UBC Press
  • Release Date : 2011-11-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN 10 : 9780774842549

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Japanese Historians and the National Myths 1600 1945 Excerpt :

In Japanese Historians and the National Myths, John Brownlee examines how Japanese historians between 1600 and 1945 interpreted the ancient myths of their origins. Ancient tales tell of Japan's creation in the Age of the Gods, and of Jinmu, a direct descendant of the Sun Goddess and first emperor of the imperial line. These founding myths went unchallenged until Confucian scholars in the Tokugawa period initiated a reassessment of the ancient history of Japan. These myths lay at the core of Japanese identity and provided legitimacy for the imperial state. Focusing on the theme of conflict and accommodation between scholars on one side and government and society on the other, Brownlee follows the historians' reactions to pressure and trends and their eventual understanding of history as a science in the service of the Japanese nation.

National Museums and the Origins of Nations Book

National Museums and the Origins of Nations


  • Author : Sheila Watson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-10-29
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000205473

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National Museums and the Origins of Nations Excerpt :

National Museums and the Origins of Nations provides the first international survey of origins stories in national museums and examines the ways in which such museums use the distant past as a vehicle to reflect the concerns of the political present. Offering an international comparison of institutions in China, North and South America, the Middle East, Europe and Australia, the book argues that national museums tell us more about what sort of community a nation wishes to be today, than how and why that nation came into being. Watson also reveals the ways in which narrative and exhibition design attempt to engage the visitor in an emotional experience designed to promote loyalty to, and pride in, the nation, or to remind visitors who are not citizens that they do not belong. These narratives of origin are, it is claimed, based on so-called factual accuracies, but this book reveals that they are often selective, emotional and rarely critiqued within institutions. At a time when nationalism is very much back on the political agenda, this book highlights how museums reflect current political and social concerns. National Museums and the Origins of Nations will appeal to academics and students engaged in the study of museums, heritage, politics, nationalism and history.

History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness Book
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History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness


  • Author : Lucian Boia
  • Publisher : Central European University Press
  • Release Date : 2001-01-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 285
  • ISBN 10 : 9639116971

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History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness Excerpt :

Based on the idea that there is a considerable difference between reality and discourse, the author points out that history is constantly reconstructed, adapted and sometimes mythicized from the perspectives of the present day, present states of mind and ideologies. He closely examines historical culture and conscience in nineteenth and twentieth century Romania, particularly concentrating on the impact of the national ideology on history. Boia's innovative analysis identifies several key mythical configurations and shows how Romanians have reconstituted their own highly ideologized history over the last two centuries. The strength of History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness lies in the author's ability to fully deconstruct the entire Romanian historiographic system and demonstrate the increasing acuteness of national problems in general, and in particular the exploitation of history to support national ideology.

The Deficit Myth Book
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The Deficit Myth


  • Author : Stephanie Kelton
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Release Date : 2020-06-09
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781541736207

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The Deficit Myth Excerpt :

A New York Times Bestseller The leading thinker and most visible public advocate of modern monetary theory -- the freshest and most important idea about economics in decades -- delivers a radically different, bold, new understanding for how to build a just and prosperous society. Stephanie Kelton's brilliant exploration of modern monetary theory (MMT) dramatically changes our understanding of how we can best deal with crucial issues ranging from poverty and inequality to creating jobs, expanding health care coverage, climate change, and building resilient infrastructure. Any ambitious proposal, however, inevitably runs into the buzz saw of how to find the money to pay for it, rooted in myths about deficits that are hobbling us as a country. Kelton busts through the myths that prevent us from taking action: that the federal government should budget like a household, that deficits will harm the next generation, crowd out private investment, and undermine long-term growth, and that entitlements are propelling us toward a grave fiscal crisis. MMT, as Kelton shows, shifts the terrain from narrow budgetary questions to one of broader economic and social benefits. With its important new ways of understanding money, taxes, and the critical role of deficit spending, MMT redefines how to responsibly use our resources so that we can maximize our potential as a society. MMT gives us the power to imagine a new politics and a new economy and move from a narrative of scarcity to one of opportunity.

National Dreams Book

National Dreams


  • Author : Daniel Francis
  • Publisher : arsenal pulp press
  • Release Date : 2002-07-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9781551523309

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National Dreams Excerpt :

As Canadians, we remember the stories told to us in high-school history class as condensed images of the past--the glorious Mountie, the fearsome Native, the Last Spike. National Dreams is an incisive study of the most persistent icons and stories in Canadian history, and how they inform our sense of national identity: the fundamental beliefs that we Canadians hold about ourselves. National Dreams is the story of our stories; the myths and truths of our collective past that we first learned in school, and which we carry throughout our adult lives as tangible evidence of what separates us from other nationalities. Francis examines various aspects of this national mythology, in which history is as much storytelling as fact. Textbooks were an important resource for Francis. "For me, these books are interesting not because they explain what actually happened to us, but because they explain what we think happened to us." For example, Francis documents how the legend of the CPR as a country-sustaining, national affirming monolity was created by the company itself--a group of capitalists celebrating the privately-owned railway, albeit one which was generously supported with public land and cash--and reiterated by most historians ever since. Similarly, we learn how the Mounties were transformed from historical police force to mythic heroes by a vast army of autobiographers, historians, novelists, and Hollywood filmmakers, with little attention paid to the true role of the force in such incidents as the Bolshevik rebellion, in which a secret conspiracy by the Government against its people was conducted through the RNWMP. Also revealed in National Dreams are the stories surrounding the formation and celebration of Canadian heroes such as Louis Riel and Billy Bishop.

Social Myths and Collective Imaginaries Book

Social Myths and Collective Imaginaries


  • Author : Gerard Bouchard
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2017-01-23
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442625747

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Social Myths and Collective Imaginaries Excerpt :

Myths are commonly associated with illusions or with deceptive, dangerous discourse, and are often perceived as largely the domain of premodern societies. But even in our post-industrial, technologically driven world, myths – Western or Eastern, ancient or modern, religious or scientific – are in fact powerful, pervasive forces. In Social Myths and Collective Imaginaries, Gérard Bouchard conceptualizes myths as vessels of sacred values that transcend the division between primitive and modern. Myths represent key elements of collective imaginaries, past and present. In all societies there are values and beliefs that hold sway over most of the population. Whether they come from religion, political institutions, or other sources, they enjoy exalted status and go largely unchallenged. These myths have the power to bring societies together as well as pull them apart. Yet the study of myth has been largely neglected by sociologists and other social scientists. Bouchard navigates this uncharted territory by addressing a number of fundamental questions: What is the place of myth in contemporary societies and in the relations between the cultural and the social? How do myths take form? From what do they draw their strength? How do they respond to shifting contexts? Myths matter, Bouchard argues, because of the energy they unleash, energy that enables a population to mobilize and rally around collective goals. At the same time myths work to alleviate collective anxiety and to meet the most pressing challenges facing a society. In this bold analysis, Bouchard challenges common assumptions and awakens us to the transcendent power of myth in our daily lives and in our shared aspirations.

Memory and Myths of the Norman Conquest Book

Memory and Myths of the Norman Conquest


  • Author : Siobhan Brownlie
  • Publisher : Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 9781843838524

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Memory and Myths of the Norman Conquest Excerpt :

In an innovative approach drawn from Memory Studies, this book seeks to uncover how the Norman Conquest is popularly "remembered".

The Myths That Made America Book
Score: 5
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The Myths That Made America


  • Author : Heike Paul
  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • Release Date : 2014-08-31
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 450
  • ISBN 10 : 9783839414859

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The Myths That Made America Excerpt :

This essential introduction to American studies examines the core foundational myths upon which the nation is based and which still determine discussions of US-American identities today. These myths include the myth of »discovery,« the Pocahontas myth, the myth of the Promised Land, the myth of the Founding Fathers, the melting pot myth, the myth of the West, and the myth of the self-made man. The chapters provide extended analyses of each of these myths, using examples from popular culture, literature, memorial culture, school books, and every-day life. Including visual material as well as study questions, this book will be of interest to any student of American studies and will foster an understanding of the United States of America as an imagined community by analyzing the foundational role of myths in the process of nation building.

National Identity and the Conflict at Oka Book

National Identity and the Conflict at Oka


  • Author : Amelia Kalant
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2004-06-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135938086

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National Identity and the Conflict at Oka Excerpt :

Through readings of literature, canonical history texts, studies of museum displays and media analysis, this work explores the historical formation of myths of Canadian national identity and then how these myths were challenged (and affirmed during the 1990 standoff at Oka. It draws upon history, literary criticism, anthropology, studies in nationalism and ethnicity and post-colonial theory.

Nationalist Myths and Ethnic Identities Book

Nationalist Myths and Ethnic Identities


  • Author : Natividad Gutierrez
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 2015-11-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 10 : 9780803288607

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Nationalist Myths and Ethnic Identities Excerpt :

This timely study examines the processes by which modern states are created within multiethnic societies. How are national identities forged from countries made up of peoples with different and often conflicting cultures, languages, and histories? How successful is this process? What is lost and gained from the emergence of national identities? Natividad Guti�rrez examines the development of the modern Mexican state to address these difficult questions. She describes how Mexican national identity has been and is being created and evaluates the effectiveness of that process of state-building. Her investigation is distinguished by a critical consideration of cross-cultural theories of nationalism and the illuminating use of a broad range of data from Mexican culture and history, including interviews with contemporary indigenous intellectuals and students, an analysis of public-school textbooks, and information gathered from indigenous organizations. Guti�rrez argues that the modern Mexican state is buttressed by pervasive nationalist myths of foundation, descent, and heroism. These myths—expressed and reinforced through the manipulation of symbols, public education, and political discourse—downplay separate ethnic identities and work together to articulate an overriding nationalist ideology. The ideology girding the Mexican state has not been entirely successful, however. This study reveals that indigenous intellectuals and students are troubled by the relationship between their nationalist and ethnic identities and are increasingly questioning official policies of integration.

Myths and Mythical Spaces Book

Myths and Mythical Spaces


  • Author : Claudia Lichnofsky
  • Publisher : V&R unipress GmbH
  • Release Date : 2017-12-04
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN 10 : 9783737008112

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Myths and Mythical Spaces Excerpt :

This volume addresses textbooks written in the Albanian language and in use in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. Political myths and mythical spaces play a key role in shaping processes of identity-building, concepts of ‘self’ and ‘other’, and ideas pertaining to the location of the self and nation within a post-conflict context. The Albanian case is particularly interesting because the majority of Albanians live outside the borders of Albania, despite the existence of the nation-state, which gives rise to fascinating complexities regarding the shaping of national identities and myths surrounding concepts of ‘self’ and ‘other’. What textbooks teach is always of political interest, as they represent society’s intentions for its next generation. This renders identity-building processes via textbooks in this context a particularly fascinating topic for research, here examined through the lens of myths and mythical spaces.

Myths and Nationhood Book

Myths and Nationhood


  • Author : George Schopflin
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-09-13
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136677175

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Myths and Nationhood Excerpt :

First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.