Empires and Nationalisms: Comparisons and Entanglements

Term: 
Spring
Credits: 
1.0
Course Description: 

The course aims to foster the critical engagement with recent and classic scholarship on empire and nationalism in 19th – early 20th century. Particular attention will be focused on four continental empires on European periphery – Germany, Habsburg monarchy, the Romanov Empire and the Ottoman Empire. This course provides students with knowledge of most important recent literature on nationalism in imperial context, with particular attention to nationalism of imperial core; helps developing critical understanding of key analytical concepts (empire, nationalism, national and non-national identifications, systems of interaction, etc.) and of most important methodological approaches (comparative approach, situational approach, history of transfers and “entangled histories” perspective).  In order to achieve these objectives course combines lectures with seminar discussions. Seminars include discussion of the most important literature, and short (10 min.) presentations of position papers, based on analysis of particular books and articles.

Learning Outcomes: 

This course aims at:

- providing students with knowledge of the most important recent literature on nationalism in the context of continental Empires, with particular attention to nationalisms in imperial core areas;

- developing critical understanding of key analytical concepts (empire, direct and indirect rule, borderland, nationalism, national and non-national identifications, systems of interaction, etc.) and of most important methodological approaches (situational approach, comparative approach, history of transfers and ‘entangled histories’ perspective)

- developing student’s skills in discussing conflicting methodological approaches.

Assessment: 

The course assessment will be based on two components:

1) active participation in class discussions (75%);

2) short presentation (10-15 minutes) on one of the course’s topics  (25%).

Please note: Because this is a compact class participants are requested to do all the readings, assigned for the course, before the beginning of the course.