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300px|<i>Imagined Communities</i> by Benedict Anderson]]
In <i>[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1784786756/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1784786756&linkCode=as2&tag=dailyh0c-20&linkId=6fe2bac3d32ce1aa2c70ac01226f2352 Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism]</i>, Benedict Anderson examined the rise of nationalism and ideas of “nation-ness” during the last two centuries. Anderson argued that nationalism was a cultural artefact spontaneously created through the convergence of discreet historical forces at the end of the eighteenth century, and transplanted across the world because people became able to imagine themselves part of a community defined by nationality. Anderson argued for his thesis by explaining the historical reasons behind the development of nationalism, ways in which people’s understanding of nationalism changed over time, and reasons why nationalism inspired the sacrifice and dedication once reserved for religion.