8. Nation-states

  • The idea of the “nation.”
  • National revolutions from 1789 onward.
  • Theories of nationalism.
  • Nations and nationalism outside of Europe.

Required readings

  • Benedict Anderson, “Cultural Roots; The Origin of National Consciousness.” In Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, New Edition. London: Verso, 2006.
  • Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1983. pp. 22-62.
  • Gary Gerstle, “Race and Nation in the United States, Mexico, and Cuba, 1880-1940.” in Nationalism in the New World. Edited by Doyle, Don Harrison, and Marco Antonio Villela Pamplona, Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006.
  • Hugh Trevor-Roper, “The Invention of Tradition: The Highlands Tradition of Scotland.” In The Invention of Tradition, edited by Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Additional readings