A Flag Worth Dying for

A Flag Worth Dying for

The Power and Politics of National Symbols

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From the renewed sense of nationalism in China to troubled identities in Europe and the USA, to the terrifying rise of Islamic State, the world is a confusing place right now and we need to understand the symbols, old and new, that people are rallying around. For thousands of years, flags have represented our hopes and dreams. We wave them. Burn them. March under their colors. And still, in the twenty-first century, we die for them. Flags fly at the UN, on Arab streets, from front porches in Texas. They represent the politics of high power as well as the politics of the mob. In nine chapters covering the USA, UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, international flags, and flags of terror, Tim Marshall examines the systems of symbols that represent nation states and non-state actors (including ISIS, Hezbollah, and Hamas) and how they figure in diplomatic relations and events today.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781501168338
Characteristics: x, 290 p. : ill. (some color) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Worth dying for


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Aug 24, 2017

This not a blow-by blow account of every nation's flag but a easy intro into why some flags came to be. The US and Great Britain get their own chapters but the rest of the world's flags are lumped into basic geographic areas. There's even a chapter on non- national flags such as the "Jolly Roger" and the "Checkered Flag." A quick & light read.


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