The reading of ' ' Nations and nacionalismo' ' it can, the principle, to cause certain queerness, therefore one is about a systematization workmanship, Hobsbawm concentrated in its book the content pronounced in four Conferences of Wiles that had happened in ' ' University of Queen, in Belfast, May of 1985' '. It makes a quarrel on the national question that according to its words ' ' he is, well-known, a subject controverso' ' (p 10). it did not look for to make it less controversial. The author organized its book in five chapters, in the three first ones detaches concepts on nation, making a boarding of this in some countries and between some authors, who it uses as source, that had produced speeches at the time as Walter Bagehot, John Stuart Mill and Erneste Renan. She follows discoursing on the concept of popular protonacionalismo, giving importance to the fact of as men and common women felt themselves regarding the nationality, and finally as the modern administrative State helped to sponsor the emergency of the nationalism. In the others three chapters, display the transformations of the concept, arriving at the apogee in a 1918-1950 and finally rocking of the nationalism in the end of century XX. In its bibliography and authors of time that it uses, it makes a critical authors who had made an academic study of the nationalism, after the First War, as Carleton B.
Hayes and Hans, therefore would be perneados of the attraction to write on the subject at the moment of redesenhamento of the Europe. In the introduction, Hobsbawm, selects a list of authors and workmanships that consider basic for the introduction on the subject, cites the works of Hroch, Benedict Anderson, AFTER CHRIST. Smith among others, all concentrating itself in the question: ' ' What it is a nation?