07- Making of a Nation State from an Empire

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Making of a Nation State from an Empire 20/09/2007 11:31:00 Review Tuesday at 4: SOS 250 Bring a blue book David Armitage: In 500 yrs. emergence of world of (nation) states from world of empires more than democracy, nationalism, language of rights, globalization, this  defines political universe we live in Good ex. : united nations, not united empires American Revolution was first outbreak of contagion of sovereignty  (movements for independence) that would sweep the world after 1776. I. Origins of the break-up of parts of the British Empire in America- 7 yrs war War of empires II.  Empires, nation states and the role of republicanism Republicanism: controversial type of political form Circa 1750 Empires Everywhere: Spanish Empire, Ching Empire, Mogul  Empire, French Empire, Ottoman Empire In this time, people didn’t assume nation state as they do today Empire characteristics: o Rule by a royal dynasty, often linked to deity. Going against ruler of  empire is like going against god. o Military force but often governing of subjects through intermediary  princes If taken over, prince would pay some tribute to empire but life for  subjects was basically the same o Common to have different languages, religions, legal systems in one  empire
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o Nations in the context of empires meant races or peoples, ethnicities Much of the reason that the American Revolution occurred in 1776 was that  empires were in decline in the 18 th  c.? o False: Most of what eventually became the US was still claimed by  empires o After American revolution- British empire gains nationalities, the  imperial growth in Africa and Asia, Australia, dominion system o France: Napoleon o Nation states not necessarily preferable to everybody- Native 
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