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Benedict Anderson

1936 - 2015

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Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson (August 26, 1936 – December 13, 2015) was an Anglo-Irish political scientist and historian who lived and taught in the United States. Anderson is best known for his 1983 book Imagined Communities, which explored the origins of nationalism. A polyglot with an interest in Southeast Asia, he was the Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor of International Studies, Government & Asian Studies at Cornell University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benedict Anderson has received more than 738,624 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Benedict Anderson is the 9th most popular political scientist (down from 8th in 2019), the 212th most popular biography from China (down from 193rd in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Political Scientist.

Benedict Anderson is most famous for his book "Imagined Communities," which discusses the significance of nationalism in the modern world.

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Among political scientists, Benedict Anderson ranks 9 out of 29Before him are Étienne de La Boétie, Francis Fukuyama, Harold Lasswell, Georg Jellinek, Hans Morgenthau, and Christian Lous Lange. After him are Ralf Dahrendorf, Robert A. Dahl, Johan Galtung, Maurice Duverger, Gene Sharp, and Joseph Nye.

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Among people born in 1936, Benedict Anderson ranks 45Before him are Georges Perec, Steve Reich, Gerhard Ertl, B. J. Habibie, Kris Kristofferson, and Ferid Murad. After him are Uwe Seeler, Don Cherry, Engelbert Humperdinck, Dean Stockwell, Yasuo Fukuda, and Anna German. Among people deceased in 2015, Benedict Anderson ranks 42Before him are Charles H. Townes, Yevgeny Primakov, Günter Schabowski, Udo Lattek, Irwin Rose, and Colleen McCullough. After him are Zito, Alcides Ghiggia, Faten Hamama, Pierre Brice, James Horner, and René Girard.

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Among people born in China, Benedict Anderson ranks 212 out of 1,392Before him are Longqing Emperor (1537), Emperor Yingzong of Song (1032), Li Ka-shing (1928), Emperor Dezong of Tang (742), Wang Anshi (1021), and Emperor Qianshao of Han (-150). After him are Lu Xun (183), Lin Zexu (1785), Emperor Zhao of Han (-94), Wang Xizhi (303), Emperor Qinzong (1100), and Zhang Xueliang (1901).


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