Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Containing Nationalism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael Hechter

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247516

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019924751X.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 October 2018

Indirect Rule and the Absence of Nationalism

Indirect Rule and the Absence of Nationalism

Chapter:
(p.35) Chapter 3 Indirect Rule and the Absence of Nationalism
Source:
Containing Nationalism
Author(s):

Michael Hechter (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019924751X.003.0003

Nationalism is principally a modern phenomenon because, for the great bulk of human history, there was no disjuncture between the boundaries of the nation and those of the governance unit. Owing to high communication costs, most premodern states were compelled to rely on indirect rule to govern spatially distant territories. Over time, this kind of rule led to an outcome in which culturally distinct territories were governed by traditional authorities. Since, over time, these local authorities usually came to share the same culture as that of their subjects, cultural differences did not tend to be a basis of political conflict.

Keywords:   communications costs, cultural assimilation, cultural difference, federalism, indirect rule, modernity of nationalism, state formation, traditional authority

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .