Historical Sociology of the Nation State: A Critique from the Italian Case
For their part, the authors of nation-building - whether coming from Durkheimian, Weberian, Marxian or Gramscian traditions - dedicate a prominent place to political centralization. Besides, an author like Peter Sahlins has shown the importance of taking into account the periphery, the various time frames, the conflicts and the diversity of trajectories.
This contribution aims to provide a critical reflection on the historical sociology of the Nation State. In particular, it targets Italian trajectorie(s). It refers to authors such as Antonio Gramsci and Umberto Cerroni, which show the importance of historical contingency. Also, it refers to Emilio Gentile for a critique (of authors) of Italian fascism.