Lecture 8 -- Being National -- Module Introduction

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/13/11 Being National: Module Introduction Monday, September 20
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6/13/11 Reminder Papers now due on Wednesday, in class. Do not expect an extension on subsequent papers.
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6/13/11 Readings for Friday David A. Bell, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being French: Law, Republicanism, and National Identity at the end of the Old Regime,” American Historical Review , Vol. 106, No. 4 (October 2001), pp. 1215-1235
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6/13/11 Being National – Major Themes Definition Division Experience Persistence Existence Focus on the late 18th and 19th
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6/13/11 Defining National Identity What makes a nation a nation? What distinguishes one nation from another? What makes members of a single nation similar to each other? Who gets to establish a nation’s identity, culture, values?
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6/13/11 Divided Nations Are nations supposed to be harmonious and unified? How do nations deal with internal
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Unformatted text preview: diversity and conflict? If two people disagree about what defines their nation, do they still 6/13/11 National Experiences How do national identities shape everyday lives? Do people actually experience their national identity? If so, in what ways? How often? Can these experiences explain 6/13/11 Persistence Given that nations and nationalism are, historically speaking, very recent developments, what explains their remarkable persistence? Why, for example, do people in the United States continue to call themselves Americans despite the Countrys complete transformation? 6/13/11 Existence Do nations ever exist as nationalists claim they do? If not, do nations really exist? Or are they simply figments of our imagination? In what ways can nations be said to be real?...
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2011 for the course HIST 374 taught by Professor Prior during the Fall '10 term at South Carolina.

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