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Many of us have never really considered how subtly and profoundly our sense of national spirit has colored our view of the world and of ourselves. The Psychology of Nations by GE Partridge shines a light on the philosophy of nationalism and uses this to delve deeply into its shaping of both psychology and sociology.
The Psychology of Nations was published soon after the conclusion of the First World War when the world was still reeling from the impact of unchecked nationalism and technological achievement. Partridge uses this piece to explore the motives for war and how the educational process can be used to redirect these impulses. Partridge has written a grounded and well-considered work, neither advocating a warmongering spirit nor falling into the trap of utopian idealism. It is as relevant in the current era as it was at the time of its writing, and provides valuable insights on the influences that lead to national violence.
In this AudioLearn version of The Psychology of Nations, the narration of the full work is preceded by a summary which includes a biography of the author and background information on the text. Also included are an overview and analysis, as well as an examination of the history of the work, the social impact, and some of the criticisms it evoked.
This work is a compelling listen for any interested in the impact of nationalism on global society, as well as for those involved in the field of education.