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Acknowledgments. List of Contributors. Introduction by Gerard Bouchard 1. The Small Nation With a Big Dream: Quebec National Myths (eighteenth-twentieth centuries) by Gerard Bouchard 2. National Imaginaries in a Globalizing Age: The Case of English Canada by Allan Smith 3. The Myth(s) that Will Not Die: American National Exceptionalism by Ian Tyrrell 4. Ethnic Myths as National Identity in Brazil by Jeffrey Lesser 5. Understanding Mexico's Master Myth: A Case for Theory by Fernando Castanos 6. 1066 and All That: Myths of the English by Krishan Kumar 7. Polish Mythology and the Traps of Messianic Martyrology by Genevieve Zubrzycki 8. Myths and National Identity Choices in Post-Communist Russia by Yitzhak M. Brudny 9. Myth and the Postnational Polity: The Case of the European Union by Vincent Della Sala 10. Transforming Myths, Contested Narratives: The Reshaping of Mnemonic Traditions in Israeli Culture by Yael Zerubavel 11. War Room Stories and the Rainbow Nation: Competing Narratives in Contemporary South African Literature by Monica Popescu 12. Gender, Nehanda, and the Myth of Nationhood in the Making of Zimbabwe by Ruramisai Charumbira 13. War, Myths, and National Identity Formation: Chinese Attitudes toward Japan by Yinan He 14. Lineages and Lessons (for national myth formation) of Japan's Postwar National Myths by Stephen Vlastos 15. Myths of the Nation, Cultural Recognition, and Personal Law in India by Narendra Subramanian 16. National Myths: An Overview by Gerard Bouchard

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Gerard Bouchard is a Member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Academie des lettres du Quebec. He is Professor at the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi. Trained in sociology and history, he has spent over twenty years conducting empirical, multidisciplinary research in various fields of the social and historical sciences. At the same time, he has headed the BALSAC Project, a computerized population register covering the whole population of Quebec up to the 1960s. He is now doing comparative research on social myths and collective imaginaries, for a Canada Research Chair. He has been awarded a number of prestigious distinctions, including the French Legion d'Honneur.

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