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The New Nationalism and the First World War, Edited by Lawrence Rosenthal and Vesna Rodic (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2014)

The New Nationalism and the First World War examines the rise of a new form of nationalism at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. This acrimonious new conception of the nation was tied to the vast social disruptions emerging in the urbanizing and industrializing modern world. Earlier, the ethnocentrism of imperialism had defined the "Other" outside national boundaries. Now that dialectic turned inward as well, aiming to define a collective identity by seeking an "enemy within." Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this volume examines the new conceptions of national identity present in nationalist movements across a variety of geopolitical contexts in pre-First World War years. It is dedicated to a transnational study of the features of the turn-of-the-century nationalism, their manifestations in social and political arenas and the arts and their influence on the development of the global-scale conflict that was the First World War.

 

Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Partyedited by Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost (University of California Press,  2012)

This edited volume arises out of a day-long conference held at UC Berkeley in the Fall of 2010 which brought together leading experts from a variety of disciplines (Sociology, Political Science, History, Race and Gender Studies, Journalism) to present original research on the most compelling aspects of the Tea Party Movement.  Conference papers assessed the Tea Party, historically and sociologically, as a social movement; situated the Tea Party in relation to the American right, including both the Republican Party and other established groupings such as conservative Christians, neo-conservatism, family-values organizations and others; and examined the atmospherics surrounding the Tea Party, including its apparent ability to synthesize numerous resentments. The chapters that make up the volume are revised versions of the papers delivered at the conference and updated in light of November 2010 election results.

Public opinion scholars ask who makes up the Tea Party's activists and supporters, and what do these constituents have on their minds?  Sociologists ask if our understanding of social movements illuminates the whirlwind development of the Tea Party.  Historians address Tea Party roots in earlier mass movements of the right and in distinctive forms of American populism.  Political scientists take up the problem of political institutions.  What will be the Tea Party's effect on the Republican Party?  If the Tea Party is, in fact, a stand-alone political party, what new institutional ground is being broken by its symbiotic relationship to Fox News?  How does the grassroots nature of the Tea Party square with the established political financing behind it?  And what of the influence of the far-right groups on the American political spectrum, whose presence seems implied in some of the most incendiary statements and posters that show up in Tea Party rallies?  Tea Party positions can seem baffling on their surface-like "Government hands off my Medicare."  This volume reaches beyond surface contradictions and builds an integrated picture of Tea Party thinking and social psychology.  

 

CRWS Working Paper Series

The Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies publishes working papers by CRWS affiliated faculty and students on subjects related to right-wing ideology, politics, and organizational forms in the U.S. and other parts of the world.  Papers are published in the eScholarship Repository of the California Digital Library where they can be downloaded.  Read more here.

The views expressed in CRWS working papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies or the Regents of the University of California.

 

Articles and Op-Eds

Lawrence Rosenthal, Trump, The Tea Party, The Republicans and the OtherOthering and Belonging, (July 2016).

The Stakes: Koch & Co. aim for a revolution in 2016 by Lawrence Rosenthal (June 17, 2015).

Lawrence Rosenthal, The Tea Party, the government shut down, and Obamacare, Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, October 2013.

 
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