• Anand Bajaj DAVIET
  • Kumar Parag National Institute of Technology Jalandha
Keywords: primordialist, ethnies, modernist, nationalism


Human beings have been engaged with the idea of nation and nation formation from time immemorial. The paper traces the work of Anthony Smith who is the major contributor in the primordialist school of thought. He raises some fundamental questions like “ why are men and women willing to die for their countries? Why do they identify so strongly with their nations?�. Anthony Smith is credited with developing  the , “ ethno symbolist theory�. which presents novel  ideas about ethnies as the basis of nation formation.  Smith’s work stands between “ modernist theories defending the recent, invented and constructed nature of nation and nationalism and perinnialist  theories emphasizing the permanence of nations�.  


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Author Biographies

Anand Bajaj, DAVIET

Assistant Professor in English

Department of Applied Sciences 



Kumar Parag, National Institute of Technology Jalandha

Assistant Professor

DEpartment of Humanities and Management


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How to Cite
Bajaj, A., and K. Parag. “ETHNO NATIONALISM: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 4, no. 3, July 2017, pp. 1-10,
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