Courses: Topics in European History: Nationalism and Migration (HISTH357A01)

Fall 2010

Course Description: This course examines nationalism in three interrelated domains: the way it informed the emergence of modern nation-states in Europe; the major theoretical debates this historical experience generated and, third, the ways nationalism was disseminated through public performance. The countries we will cover are France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. The first includes readings on the ways nationalism was at the core of the historical evolution of Britain and Italy and also how the French state, after the emergence of the modern nation-state inculcated national identity into its citizens. The second domain considers several key theoretical debates about the nature of nationalism. These include the contrast between �civic� and �cultural� types of nationalism which we will examine against the experiences of France & Germany, the issue of nationalism as a construct for which we will read Anderson�s now classic study, and the concept of �national-self determination� which we will investigate in the context of the Paris Peace conference of 1919. The third domain entails studying nationalism as a cultural practice through public performance � we will be looking at France�s self presentation at a world fair, the Irish tradition of public parades and the clash between the portrayal of Spanish and Catalan identities at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

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Fulfills: SO III


History (Web site)

Taught By

Alexander Kitroeff (Profile)


Haverford, Gest 102

Meeting Times

W 1:30-4:00