Joel S Migdal
Development of national consciousness in the "old nations" of Europe before the French Revolution. Replacement by new nationalism, spreading into East Central Europe, Russia, Ibero-America, Asia, and Africa. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 467.
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
1. Students develop a sense of the historical formation of states and nations worldwide.
2. Students gain an appreciation of the theoretical conversations on state and nation formation.
3. Students develop research and writing skills.
4. Students complete a research project focusing on one or two countries.
General method of instruction
Combination of lecture and discussion.
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