Mike W. Campbell
Cultural interaction among societies and civilizations, particularly Western and non-Western. Intellectual, cultural, social, and artistic aspects; historical factors. Offered: Sp.
In the 20th century nation-states replaced multi-ethnic empires as the primary polities on the planet. Many of these new nation-states were founded upon the Wilsonian principle of national self-determination. In practice, however, this utopian doctrine laid the fault lines for the nationalist conflicts of the past century. This survey will retrace the transition from empire to nation-state in three conflict zones: Czechoslovakia; Bosnia and Kashmir. In each case, we will compare how these transnational conflicts were created and how they have, or have not yet, been resolved.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
We will meet four times a week (twice for lecture and twice for discussion). Readings and discussions will focus on the intersections of theory and practice in understanding irredenta conflict.
A willingness to work hard, complete the readings and engage in discussions
Class assignments and grading
Two short papers; a mid-term and a final. Texts include: Rogers Brubaker, Nationalism Reframed Jeremy King, Budweisers into Czechs and Germans Noel Malcolm, Bosnia: a Short History Victoria Schofield, Kashmir in Conflict Kristen P. Williams, Despite Nationalist Conflicts