© 2006

The Nation, Psychology, and International Politics, 1870–1919


Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series book series (PMSTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Glenda Sluga
    Pages 1-7
  3. Glenda Sluga
    Pages 132-149
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 150-216

About this book


This volume offers a new cultural and political history of the idea of the nation. Situating the history of international politics and the idea of the nation in the history of psychology, it reveals the popularity and political importance of a transnational discourse of the psychology of nations that had taken shape in the previous half-century.


gender history nation nationalism politics world order

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

About the authors

GLENDA SLUGA is the author of a number of studies of the transnational and gender history of nationalism, and of the problem of difference in international history, including The Problem of Trieste and the Italo-Yugoslav Border and Gendering European History, which has been translated into Swedish and Italian. In 2002 she was awarded the Max Crawford Medal by the Australian Academy of the Humanities for excellence in contributions to the humanities and cultural life.

Bibliographic information


'[Sluga] engages the swirl of activists, organizations, and government bodies that drew on psychological concepts in their struggle to reconcile national self-determination with the tenets of liberalism. Her account is especially noteworthy for demonstrating the biological and hereditarian cast of arguments in liberal understandings of self-determination.' - Eric J. Engstrom, American Historical Review

'Glenda Sluga's book marks an important contribution to the transnational history of the idea of the nation...a thoroughly engaging book.' - Daniel Laqua, Reviews in History