The Break-up of Britain

By Tom Nairn.

Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of The Break-Up of Britain Tom Nairn reviews the arguments of his classic study and expands his thesis into the new millennium.

Prof. Tom Nairn

Tom Nairn, Professor of Nationalism and Cultural Diversity, Globalism Research Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne. Originally a philosopher from the post-war Logic & Metaphysics school at Edinburgh University, he later studied in France and Italy, where he turned into a Social Scientist. The Break-up of Britain appeared in 1977 (new edition, Common Ground, Melbourne, and Big Thinking, Glasgow, 2003). His study of the British Monarchy, The Enchanted Glass was published in 1988, and he returned to teach the ‘Nationalism Studies’ course at Edinburgh University Graduate School from 1995 to 1999. After the publication of Faces of Nationalism (Verso, 1998), he went to Australia in 2001, first to Monash University, and then to RMIT, in 2002.


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