Citizens without Nations: Urban Citizenship in Europe and the World, c.1000-1789 (Hardback)Maarten Prak (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 442
Weight: 830 g
Dimensions: 235 x 157 x 25 mm
'This is a major contribution to emancipating citizenship from the nation. Tracing varieties of citizenship before its invention as nationality, Prak makes a compelling case for understanding citizenship as a practical activity without binary oppositions: European versus non-European, urban versus rural, or national versus international. The result is a riveting narrative, forcefully inviting us to think differently and historically about citizenship.' Engin Isin, Queen Mary University of London
'This is a large, richly researched, provocative study which repositions the pre-modern city, its citizens and agencies, at the centre of the European political stage. It is a brilliant exemplar of the New Urban History, setting European developments in a broad global perspective.' Peter Clark, University of Helsinki
'In this wide ranging and bold book, Maarten Prak offers a penetrating analysis of urban citizenship in pre-modern Europe. He both revises a Weberian narrative about the distinctiveness of western European civic institutions in comparison to those in Asia and the Americas and undoes assumptions about the superiority of national citizenship post-1789.' Martha Howell, Columbia University, New York
'The book is based on a lifetime of research in urban history, and the material is presented with clarity, concision, and enormous authority.' Christopher R. Friedrichs, The American Historical Review
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