HISTORY 341 - Nations and Nationalism
Section: 001
Term: WN 2020
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the history, politics, and recent literature on the formation of nations and the development of nationalism. Earlier forms of political organization are investigated as well as the formation of empires and modern nations. Theories of the nation have moved from ideas of their essential, primordial quality to a more cultural, discursive approach emphasizing the role of imagination and invention in the social construction of modern nations. These theoretical advances have been developed primarily by historians and literary analysts, but in recent years social science thinking on nationalism has borrowed freely, often critically, from the emerging literature. We will both develop a narrative of the emergence of nations and explore some of the ways in which social science has employed and developed the body of theory on nationalism, looking at paradigms taken from international relations, identity theory, anthropology, and various psychological theories.

Course Requirements:

  • Undergraduate students are required to attend all the lectures and discussions, complete the assigned reading, and participate in discussions.
  • A midterm take-home examination (6-8 pages, typed, double-spaced).
  • A final take-home examination or paper, a short synthetic research paper or “think-piece” (8-10 pages, typed, double-spaced), that uses the readings, lectures, and discussions, as well as any outside reading the student might wish to include. The paper should demonstrate that you have read, understood, and can critically employ the material in the course.
  • Graduate students will write a slightly longer paper (15-20 pages) and will use additional readings.

    Class Format:

    The course meets for two lectures and one discussion group per week.

  • HISTORY 341 - Nations and Nationalism
    Schedule Listing
    001 (LEC)
     
    31613
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    MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
    002 (DIS)
    P
    31614
    Open
    2
     
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    W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
    003 (DIS)
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    31615
    Closed
    0
     
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    Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
    004 (DIS)
    P
    31616
    Open
    1
     
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    Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
    005 (DIS)
    P
    31617
    Open
    1
     
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    F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
    006 (DIS)
    P
    31618
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    1
     
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    F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
    007 (DIS)
    P
    36873
    Open
    1
     
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    F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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