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Joel S Migdal
SIS 467
Seattle Campus

Nations and States in the Modern World

Development of national consciousness in the "old nations" of Europe before the French Revolution. Replacement by the new nationalism and its spread into East Central Europe, Russia, Ibero-America, Asia, and Africa. Offered: jointly with HIST 467.

Class description

This class will explore the concepts of state and nation historically and in the contemporary era. In particular, it will analyze the myth of the nation-state and how state formation and nation formation have been linked conceptually and historically. Nations and nationalism will be explored in the European context—the first states—and their spread eastward in Europe and to other continents.

Student learning goals

Students develop a sense of the historical formation of states and nations worldwide.

Students gain an appreciation of the theoretical conversations on state and nation formation.

Students develop research and writing skills.

Students complete a research project focusing on one or two countries.

General method of instruction

Combination of lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Introductory courses in International Studies and/or History.

Class assignments and grading

There will be a major research paper, several short response papers, class participation based on readings and lectures, and a final exam.

40% research paper 35% final exam 10% participation 15% short papers


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/15/2008