Nations and Nationalism

Course NameNations and Nationalism
Course CodePOS204
DescriptionThis course will examine the formation of modern national identities, especially in Europe. After a study of the different scholarly theories on nationalism, the focus will be on the historical circumstances in which nationalism emerged and on the different ideological bases that supported the emergence of modern nations.

This course will place emphasis on:
– the birth of the idea of the nation and its consequences from the 16th to the 19th century
– the question of the multinational states and the unsuccessful attempt to eliminate national tensions by trying to create nation-states after World War I
– the National Socialist and Communist stance on nationalism and its consequences
– the comparison between different concepts of what defines a nation
– the contemporary significance and importance of nationalism