This course explores the historical and ethnographic approaches to the diverse forms of nations and nationalism in the world. Course dicussions will begin by examining how the emerging capitalism contributed to the formation of nationalist bourgeois class and how this "historical" class took a key role in creating the new concepts of nation, national territory and unified national market. Later we will investigate how people and local communities reacted to the changes caused by the spreading ideas of nation and natinalism. By reading historical and ethnographic writings about the various forms and ideas of nation and nationalism of the world, students can understand how the unique conditions of a specific locale have affected the exact formation of nation and nationalism, which sometimes resulting in destructive consequences to the involved groups of people. Course topics include cases both from "the West" and "the rest". About the nations and nationalism of the West, we will firstly look into the constructive role of bourgeois class during the French Revolution and how they created the ideal form of a nation, which has clearly divided national terrorists, a national language and a national education system, national army, and, most of all, a unified national market. Later we will discuss how the image of the ideal nation has been transferred to other
places and transformed according to the specific local situations. For these cases, we will analyze the fledgling democracy of the new colony of the Great Britain (the U.S.), the primordial nationalism of Japan and Korea (both North and South), the emerging patriotic nationalism of China, the process of national building in the Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the militant/jingoistic nationalism of the post-socialist countries such as Russia, and so on.
Section 301 - SEM -
UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 328
Department of Anthropology
Museum, Room 325, 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 898-7461 Fax: (215) 898-7462