CA 502 Nationalism and Supra-nationalism
Andrew B. Wachtel, PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Since the late 18th century, nationalism has arguably been the most important ideological force shaping the political, social, and cultural world, beginning in Europe and spreading over almost the entire world by the middle of the 20th century. In this course, students will study the main theoretical approaches to the subject, examine key case studies, and attempt to understand why nationalism has been so attractive as an ideology despite its relatively weak philosophical underpinnings. In addition, students will examine various attempts to overcome nationalism, particularly in Yugoslavia and more recently in the EU. In the final section of the course, students will examine how the topic has played out and continues to play out in the Central Asian countries. Readings will be drawn from the fields of Anthropology, History, Political Science and Sociology.