Nation, Nation-State, and Nationalism are integral parts of an evolutionary process in societal development with multiple determinants including demographic, technological, economic, scientific, sociologic, etc., etc. This course’s approach will be a historical view. With deep roots going back to Reformation, it evolved in Europe as a by-product of Enlightenment’s search for governmental legitimacy. Like all concepts, it developed from an elites’ doctrine to a governmental political ideology (Nazism). Nationalism became a major determinant in the rise of Political Science as a discipline.
In six weeks, we will study the origins of the movement from a liberal idea to authoritarian regimes. Following its transformation after World War II, the unintended consequences of globalization and technological revolution have re-activated a novel formulation in the form of a pervasive and growing political alternative to populism. The course will be a combination of presentation of historical background and in-depth discussion of additional recent publications provided by the group leader. At most, two hours of preparation accompanied by open mindedness are required.
Timothy Baycroft: Nationalism in Europe 1789-1945
Jan-Werner Muller: What is Populism
Additional recent publications will be provided by the group leader.