Nationalism and State Sovereignty Lesson 1 Genesis of Nations and Nationalism
  
 
 
 
Nationalism and State Sovereignty Lesson 1 Genesis of Nations and Nationalism

Overview
Since a proper understanding of important terms and concepts is always essential, this lesson lays the historical and broadly cultural-philosophical foundation for the module’s central theme by surveying the origins and contemporary linguistic content of “nationalism,” “state,” and “sovereignty,” and related terms of significance.  A quick introductory note on globalization and its contemporary bearing is recommended. Students gain an appreciation of globalization as a political process, which complicates the nationalism-state sovereignty relationship.

Relevant Objectives
1.    Explain the modern understanding of the terms “nation,” “nationalism,” “state,” and “sovereignty.”
2.    Trace the historical origins of the nation or nation-state, and the emergence of nationalism in the world.

Procedure

Pre-class Assignment

  • Students read the assigned documents before class: Boussett and English Bill of Rights

Possible Classroom Activities 

Resources

Optional Resources

 

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