Pasi Inhalainen’s Protestant Nations Redefined

Posted by dianamuir on October 24, 2013

In his review of Pasi Inhalainen’s Protestant Nations Redefined Anthony Smith asks,

“Could not Ihalainen’s findings also be interpreted as lending some support to the idea of an earlier stage of Protestant biblical nationalism, which continued well into the eighteenth century? It is also clear from his study that concepts of national identity and community were well established by the seventeenth century among the English, Dutch and Swedish elites. Again, these were religious, and specifically Protestant, in character. Was there something about Protestant versions of Christianity with their strong penchant for Old Testament models, that encouraged the emergence of secular national communities”

To which I answer, yes.



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