A photograph of the flag lined street that leads to the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

European UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Image taken from Wikimedia Commons and used courtesy of Paul Wittal under the Creative Commons, Attribution 2.5 License.)


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Fall 2004



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This course provides a broad overview of the theories of and approaches to the study of nationalist thought and practice. It also explores the related phenomena termed nationalism: national consciousness and identity, nations, nation-states, and nationalist ideologies and nationalist movements. The course analyzes nationalism's emergence and endurance as a factor in modern politics and society. Topics include: nationalism and state-building, nationalism and economic modernization, nationalism and democratization, and nationalism and religious conflict.

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Melissa Nobles. 17.524 Nationalism. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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