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HISTH357B01 Topics in European History: Nationalism

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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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The Aims of the Course:

Addressed primarily but not exclusively to history majors, this course has a fourfold purpose. The first is to familiarize students with the role nationalism played in the historical evolution of the major western European nation states in the C19th & C20th. The second is to enable them to understand the concept of nationalism and the major debates that surround its usage as a conceptual tool for understanding modern history. The third is to demonstrate how one can analyze such a concept by placing it in its proper historical context and thus reconcile theory with empirical practice. Fourth, this course is designed to prepare students for the type of project and research that is involved in planning, researching and writing a senior thesis.

Course Requirements:

The requirements for this course include the ability to discuss each week�s readings ( 25% of grade), a 1,500 word essay due at mid-term (25%), an a 4,500 word essay due at the end of the semester for which there will also be an in-class presentation. (50%).


i) available for purchase at the bookstore

Bendict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

Rogers Brubaker, Citizenship in France & Germany

Linda Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837

Christopher Duggan, The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy since 1796

Shanny Peer, France on Display: Peasants Provincials, & Folklore in the 1937 Paris World�s Fair

ii) available on Blackboard

T.G. Fraser, ed. The Irish Parading Tradition New York: Macmillan, 2000 (excerpts)

John Hargreaves, Freedom for Catalonia? Catalan Nationalism, Spanish Identity and the Barcelona Olympic Games Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000 (excerpts)

�Readings on National Self-Determination�

Eugen Weber, Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 Stanford; Stanford University Press, 1976 (excerpts)