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DHIS 2045A - Nations and nationalisms in modern Europe

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

« Nations and nationalism » is one of the central issue of the modern world. Last years, there has been a proliferation of nationalist and ethnic conflicts. New forms are being discussed with the background of globalization and individualization. Both concepts of nation and nationalism are still subject to scientific inquiry and present a growing conceptual and theoretical variety with frequently contrasting positions. Nations and Nationalism author, Ernst Gellner (1925-1995), argued that nationalism was an inescapable consequence of modernity, believing that nations are less natural or historical communities than they are phenomenons emerging alongside or in reaction to modernity. This course aims to provide an historical overview of nations and nationalism in Europe from the nineteenth century to the present day. Each session will begin with an introduction to the topic and a short press review by the teacher. A 10 minutes oral presentation by one or two students will follow, introducing a class discussion, based on readings (historical/ historiographical debate). Films or presence of a guest, specialist of the topic of the day, will possibly complete some sessions.


LEONARD, Yves J. (Directeur de développement territorial)

Course validation

Class attending, reading and active participation – 33% of final grade 10 minutes oral presentation in class on a topic connected to Nations and Nationalism – 33% 5-7 pages double space printed-paper to be handed on the last day of class – 33%

Required reading

  • The reading of at least one of the books below is required
  • Anderson, Benedict, Imagined Communities, Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, London : Verso, 2006 (last edition, first 1983)
  • Gellner, Ernst, Nations and Nationalism, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing, 2nd edition, 2006
  • Hobsbawm, Eric J., Nations and Nationalism since 1780, Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, 1992

Additional required reading

  • Bethencourt, Francisco, Racisms. From the Crusades to the Twentieth Century, Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2013.
  • Delanty, Gerard and Kumar, Krishnan (eds), The Sage Handbook of Nations and Nationalism, London : Sage Publications Ltd., 2006.
  • Hroch, Miroslav, Comparative Studies in Modern European History : Nation, Nationalism, Social Change, Aldershot : Ashgate, 2007.
  • Hutchinson, John and Smith, Anthony D. (eds), Nationalism, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Williams, Alan, Film and Nationalism, Rutgers University Press, 2002.
  • Movies :
  • « La Grande Illusion » (Grand Illusion), Jean Renoir (1937).
  • « Non, ou la vaine gloire de commander », Manoel de Oliveira (1990).