No nations, no races - pre-modern formations of authority and cultural identity, to 1500; the European discovery of race and nation, 1500-1650; the colours of gold - mercantile empires, great nations, reason and racism, 1650-1800; to the ends of the Earth - racism and nationalism rampant, 1800-1917; no holds barred - race and nation, 1918-1945; Cold War watershed, 1946-1990; epilogue - dusk and dawn, 1991-2000.
Philip Yale Nicholson
"Who do We Think We Are? makes a brief foray into ancient cultures to show that they lacked any idea of 'race' in the world's modern sense, and then goes on to show that 'racial difference' is a politically useful fiction that has spread, since 1500, along with the equally novel idea of nationalism".
-- Publishers Weekly