Alain Dieckhoff is senior research fellow at CNRS, Paris. His main field of research is politics and society in Israel. His recent books include The Invention of a Nation: Zionist Thought and the Making of Modern Israel (2003) and with Remy Leveau Israeliens et Palestiniens. La guerre en partage (2003) on the Second Intifada. Christophe Jaffrelot is Director of the CERI (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po (Paris), and research director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). His most recent publications are The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics, 1925 to the 1990s, (1996), India's Silent Revolution: the Rise of the Low Castes in North India, (2003) and Dr. Ambedkar and Untouchability: Analysing and Fighting Caste (2005).
'This book would appeal to both undergraduates and postgraduates in politics, sociology, history and anthropology, and would certainly be of interest to non-specialized readersgiven the topic's currency.' --Umut Ozkirimli, author, Contemporary Debates on Nationalism.'offers to the English-language reading public a unique opportunity to understand theories of nationalism from the standpoint of a group of renowned French scholars. It provides a source of reflection, spurring new debates and enriching the existing literature on nationalism and ethnic conflicts. The overall result is a truly impressive and coherent volume.'-Daniele Conversi, author of The Basques, the Catalans and Spain (Hurst,1997)