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The added new Part Five to this third edition is an effort to shed light on Arab nationalism and the nation-state. Part I An Attempt to Distinguish Third World from European Varieties of Nationalism 1 The Origins of Nation Formation and Nationalism in Europe According to Pollard, ancient history is essentially that of the city state, and medieval history that of the universal world state. He sees modem history as the history of national states whose most 'prominent characteristic' is nationality.
The Saudis, seeking to establish their own kingdom. ousted Hussain from Hijaz in the same year. The Arab revolt of 1916 was the first organised political action by Arab nationalists. The history of this revolt was, however, a tragi-comedy . This was due not only to the ridiculousness of its leader Sharif Hussain of Mecca , but was in many ways a historical expression of the philosophical concept of the simultaneity of the unsimultaneous: the backwards-oriented utopia of an Arab Caliphate coexisting with the aspirations of a modern nation building along the lines of the French model.
This controversy. whose practical significance was to become apparent in the course of the First World War, eventually led to the dissolution of the Second International.