1. Introduction and set-up session


Introduction to the course.

  • General overview of the topics, the themes and the readings.
  • Key terms: “state,” “nation,” “empire.”
  • Requirements. Quizzes and term-paper.
  • Use of the web page.

The course will be conducted in the form of seminars in which an active student participation in expected. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss the material we cover.


  • Guido Zernatto, “Nation: The History of a Word.” The Review of Politics 6, no. 3 (July 1, 1944): 351–66.
  • Quentin Skinner, “The State.” In Political Innovation and Conceptual Change, edited by Terence Ball, James Farr, and Russell L. Hanson, 90–131. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.