The myth of nations the medieval origins of europe patrick j geary on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers modern day europeans by the millions proudly trace back their national identities to the celts franks gauls goths. The myth of nations is the third book in my trilogy of late antique histories the first two being frontiers of the roman empire and barbarian tidesunlike these titles the current book is not an academic work instead gearys audience is the general reader with an interest in history p 185. Geary dismantles the nationalist myths about how the nations of europe were born through rigorous analysis set in lucid prose he contrasts the myths with the actual history of europes transformation between the fourth and ninth centuries the period of grand migrations that nationalists hold dear. In the myth of nations the medieval origins of europe geary argues that nationalism as perceived by most people around the world is a myth modern day germans serbs or any other ethnic people share nothing in common with their barbarian ancestors. As geary shows such ideologues whether le pens who champion the french people born with the baptism of clovis in 496 or milosevics who cite early serbian history to claim rebellious regions know their myths but not their historythe myth of nations will be intensely debated by all who understood that a history that does not change that
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