In his new book, Jack Snyder focuses his clear logic on a pressing issue of our times: nationalism.
Explaining some of the events where the communist bloc once was, Snyder (international relations, Columbia U.) shows how democratization can exacerbate national fervor and ethnic conflict if the conditions permitting a successful transition are not in place. He takes as four models of nationalism civic Britain of the 18th and 19th centuries, revolutionary France, Serbia from 1840 to 1914, and the pseudo-democratic Weimar Germany to demonstrate the rash optimism of liberal democracy that would rush to democracy at the cost of freedom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)