A good little essay that made me think depper about nationalism. The concept of nationalism is described in this essay outside the concept of a nation state and more as being loyal to a philosophy/nation/religion etc to the point you ignore its failings and stop using reason to analyse it in comparison to other ideas. It also includes a short essay called 'Antisemitism in Britain' and another titled 'the sporting spirit'.
Orwell breaks the concept of nationalism down into three main categories (Positive/Negative & Transferred nationalism) and how different types of political ideologies can be nationalistic without representing a nation state (I.e communists who ignore how many millions died in communist regimes when saying they prefer it to capitalism). Ends with a nice warning that we can fall into the trap of nationalism and to stop yourself from being blind to failings in what you believe in and be willing to criticise it.
Certainly great food for thought. At times he is undone by his criticism of pacifists and sweeping statements of other groups of people, which is tainted and also dated, his hyperbole can be forgiven because of his lucidly in other areas
The book not only analyse the political and social aspects of nationalism, but it goes much deeper into our personal unconscious thinking pattern and behaviour. It is a real intellectual analyse and surprised me and reminded me a lot.
This work might be sometime old, but it still makes sense today. George Orwell approaches the idea with an unbiased opinion and this proves how we all are slaves of our passion to follow an ideology. Why we get to a point where are cannot see the things as they are but with the glasses we wear...labelled with name of a nation or community.