Cornell University is an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York, United States. It is a private land-grant university, receiving annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions...
, and is best known for his celebrated book Imagined Communities
Imagined communities are a concept coined by Benedict Anderson. He believes that a nation is a community socially constructed, imagined by the people who perceive themselves as part of that group...
, first published in 1983. Anderson was born in Kunming
' is the capital and largest city of Yunnan Province in Southwest China. It was known as Yunnan-Fou until the 1920s. A prefecture-level city, it is the political, economic, communications and cultural centre of Yunnan, and is the seat of the provincial government...
Chinese civilization may refer to:* China for more general discussion of the country.* Chinese culture* Greater China, the transnational community of ethnic Chinese.* History of China* Sinosphere, the area historically affected by Chinese culture...
to James O'Gorman and Veronica Beatrice Mary Anderson, and in 1941 the family moved to California
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. In 1957, Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
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from Cambridge University, and he later earned a Ph.D.
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from Cornell's Department of Government, where he numbered among the cadre of talented students from around the world drawn to Ithaca, New York, during the 1950s and early 1960s to study modern Indonesia under the guidance of George Kahin.