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- Anderson, B. (2006, original edition in 1983) Imagined communities. Verso. Possibly the most influentual book in the field, analysing how national communities are produced and imagined.
- Billig, M. (1995) Banal nationalism. SAGE. Another influential book about the practices that reproduce shared ideas of national identity, and what effect these ideas can have on societies.
- Guibernau, M. (2007) The identity of nations. Polity Books. After a chapter on the definitions of national identity, the book examines various possible threats to national identities, such as separatism, globalization, European integration, immigration and cosmopolitanism.
- Hobsbawm, E.J. (1990) Nations and nationalism since 1780 – programme, myth, reality. Canto.This book explains how national identities such as the French came into being from a historical perspective, with great insights into key factors such as language.
- Reicher, S. and Hopkins, N. (2001) Self and Nation. SAGE. This is a very powerful introduction to national identity from a social psychology perspective. How do ideas about the nation affect the individual behaviour and social activities of its members?
- Smith, A.D. (1991) National identity. Nevada. This book has both a backward and forward looking perspective and stresses the importance of ethnic features in national identity.
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- Rare Metals, Global Power and National Security
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