John Alexander Armstrong
Born in St. Augustine, Florida on 4 May 1922, he entered the University of Chicago at the age of 20 where he received both degrees of Banchelar and Master. The date of his graduation was actually delayed by his enlistment in U.S. Army in Belgium during WWII from 1944 to 1945, while such experience appears to have certain impacts upon the direction of his academic research in nationalism of Europe afterwards.
His earlier works focus on nationalism and ideologies in Europe, especially Ukraine and Russia during the 1950s and 1960s. The most influential work of his is the path-breaking Nations before Nationalism (1982) which firstly systematically expressed the longue durée of ethnic identity and has inspired theorists of ethnosymbolism including Anthony D. Smith.
- (1962) Ideology, politics, and government in the Soviet Union : an introduction, British Library system no.: 011535915; 2nd ed. (1967) British Library system no.: 010265522; 4th ed. (1986), ISBN 0-8191-5405-9
- Ukrainian Nationalism 1939-1945, British Library system no.: 011535954; 2nd ed., LCCN 62-18367; 3rd ed. (1990), ISBN 0-8728-7755-8
- (1982) Nations before Nationalism, ISBN 0-8078-1501-2
- Armstrong, John A. (2001). "Myth and Symbolism Theory of Nationalism". In Leoussi, A. S. Encyclopedia of Nationalism (New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers).. p. 197-198.
- "Memorial resolution for Professor Emeritus John Armstrong". http://www.polisci.wisc.edu. Retrieved 5 June 2013.