Nations, States and Empires in Transnational Perspective
Dr Axel Körner
Wednesdays 9-11, term 2
*THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL*
The course discusses the transformation of states into national states in 19th-c. Europe and the ways these states related to each other. This dramatic change to Europe’s political map after 1815 was rooted in a teleological understanding of historical time which considered Europe’s established system of states to be anachronistic, leading to the assumption that the formation of “modern” nation states represented an inevitable process in Europe’s political, economic, social and cultural development. The formation of national states in Europe recquired a substantial redrawing of political borders, which changed the ways in which states and societies related to each other. This process created new identities and introduced new notions of majorities and minorities within existing states. It also changed the relationship of particular countries to Europe and the wider world. The idea of nationally defined kingdoms and new concepts of Empire played a crucial role in redrawing mental maps.
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