Call for Reviewers, Library of Social Science

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In the Spring of 2012, we did a Call for Papers for our edited volume, Nationalism, War and Sacrifice: Dying for One’s Country—and received well over one-hundred proposals. Eight papers have been accepted for publication.

The development of the volume is now in full swing. Each author has submitted a Working Paper—that will serve as the basis for a Chapter.

Below is a list of these papers, as well as a brief write-up of each. You may click the title to read a one-page summary that appears on the Library of Social Science website.


We seek reviewers of these papers to provide conceptual and editorial input. Please read the write-up of each paper that appears below (and click through to the summary).

If you possess special knowledge on any of the topics, please write to me about receiving a copy of the Working Paper. Please select one or two papers that you would especially like to review.

You may reply directly to this email or write to me at

For selected reviewers, Library of Social Science will:

  • Provide a free copy of the volume once it is published.
  • Consider including the commentary in the final version of the book.
  • Invite reviewers to join the Editorial Board of Library of Social Science.

We are very excited about this publication, which will provide a synthesis of the latest research and thinking on the dynamics of nationalism, and sacrificial meaning of war.

We look forward  to your feedback and participation. We hope you will contribute to this important project.

Best regards,
Orion Anderson

Orion Anderson
Managing Editor | Library of Social Science
Telephone: (718) 393-1104
Fax: (413) 832-8145


Nationalism, War and Sacrifice: Dying for One’s Country
Papers Accepted for Publication
Yael S. Feldman
New York University
Dying for the Motherland: Orthodox Christianity and the Invention of “Isaac” as a Jewish Military HeroYael Feldman analyzes the secularization of the Biblical myth of Isaac’s sacrifice in the history of modern Israel. She argues that Jewish nationalism has been unable to invent a political language that separates the secular from the domain of the sacred.
Akio Kimura
Meiji University
Akio Kimura
“Mishima’s Negative Political Theology: Dying for the Absent Emperor”This paper examines how the suicide of Mishima Yukio reflected his understanding of the divinity of the Japanese Emperor. Mishima’s interpretation of the Emperor’s divine status, Kimura says, sheds light on Japanese sacrificial deaths in World War II.
Gregory Lobo
Universidad de los Andes
Spectacular Nationism in Colombia: Making War Make SenseWhile it may be sufficient for social scientists to understand the nation as an ‘imagined community’, no one, Gregory Lobo says, would kill or die for such a thing. This paper examines the ongoing media campaign to recruit martyrs for the Colombian nation.
Nancy Rupprecht
Middle Tennessee State University
“Live faithfully, fight bravely, die laughing”: The Behavioral Socialization of German Boys in the pre-war Hitler YouthNancy Rupprecht discusses the Reich Youth Leadership’s personality profile for German boys—that created enthusiastic and obedient future soldiers for the Third Reich. She argues that willingness to live and die on command transformed German boys into political and military soldiers.
Ivan Strenski
University of California, Riverside
Sacrifice: Bad Math, Bad GrammarStrenski deconstructs the “bad math” and “bad grammar” of sacrifice. Sacrifice means loss, giving up, destruction and, in many cases, death. But, characteristically, discourse promoting sacrifice talks as if losses are in reality gains – a case of “addition by subtraction.”
Chiaki Takagi
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Michael Vlahos
The Sacrifice of Women to Uniformed Men: Imperial Japan’s Comfort-Women Rape as a Wartime CultThis paper compares men’s sacrifice for the nation on the battlefield with women’s role in sexually comforting soldiers. Tagaki shows that sacrificing for the nation was the basis of the emperor cult, asking young men to die, and using women’s bodies to comfort soldiers.
Michael Vlahos
United States
Navy War College
Rites of Spring: War and Human SacrificeMichael Vlahos argues that humans have responded to consciousness of death by creating constructs of alternative promise. He takes a critical stance towards modern warfare, suggesting it has been ruthlessly self-destructive precisely because of its perverse romantic quest to recreate the primitive ideal of national unity.
Pingchao Zhu
University of Idaho
Michael Vlahos
Mao’s Martyrs: Revolutionary Heroism, Sacrifice, and China’s Tragic Romance of the Korean WarLooking at the Korean War, Pingchao Zhu shows how the Chinese Communist Party upheld the tradition of revolutionary martyrs giving their lives for communist China. Zhu claims that communists enshrined the ideal of revolutionary—rather than individual—heroism, creating a wartime culture of patriotism and sacrifice.