Andreas Wimmer
Professor of Sociology & Political Philosophy, Columbia University

Andreas Wimmer is the Lieber professor of sociology and political philosophy at Columbia University. For Princeton University Press, he edits the book series Studies in Global and Comparative Sociology. His latest book is Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart (2018).

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Bamangwato chief Seretse Khama addresses a tribal council meeting in March 1950. Under his leadership, between 1966 and 1980 Botswana had the fastest-growing economy in the world. Photo by Margarte Bourke-White/Time Life/Getty

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Nations and empires
How nations come together

Nations come with a vast array of peoples, languages and histories, but the strong ones share three simple things

Andreas Wimmer