330: Nationalism, Spring 2011
is one of the great ideas of the 20th century and certainly
the most successful. It has shaped and reshaped our world and our
understandings of it in ways we often do not realize. Nationalism's
core belief that the world is naturally devided into nations based
on distinctive national characteristics such as language and culture,
is deeply embedded in our minds. But has it always been like this?
Is global history a history of competing nationalisms, or have
there been alternative ways of conceiving the world? And what
of the future? Has nationalism run its course? Will it be replaced
by a new globalism that will
break borders and national divisions? It is unlikely we will answer
all these questions, but we will, at the end of this course,
be able to discuss them intelligently.