Precursors of Modern Nationalism

History 103U.003

Spring 2014
Day & Time: 
W 12-2P
This course will explore both the origins of modern nationalism as a global phenomenon and its historical precursors. We will begin by examining theories proposed by historians of Europe and elsewhere to explain the rise of nationalism. We will then examine (and critique) scholarship describing nation-like phenomena in the pre-modern world. Requirements: diligent reading of all assigned texts, active class participation, weekly short papers or presentations, and brief written assignments in preparation for a final paper.  In order to train students in the construction of historical arguments, when discussing readings, we will pay careful attention to conceptualization, methodology, and sources.

Course Books

Japan in Print by Berry, Mary Elizabeth University of California Press. ISBN: 9780520254176 Required
Rescuing History from the Nation by Duara, Prasenjit University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 9780226167220 Required
Nations and Nationalism since 1780 by Hobsbawm, E. J. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107604629 Required
Imagined Communities by Anderson, Benedict Verso. ISBN: 9781844670864 Required
Nations and Nationalism (2nd ed.) by Gellner, Ernest Cornell University Press. ISBN: 9780801475009 Required