Nationalism and State Sovereignty Lesson 2 Rise of the Western Nation-State
  
 
 
 
Nationalism and State Sovereignty Lesson 2 Rise of the Western Nation-State

Overview
The first part of this lesson, using new materials for discussion, completes the documentary interrogation of the basic terms and concepts in the module’s central theme.

The second half of the lesson advances the theme’s consideration in historical and cultural context, and specifically with regard to the maturation of the west’s global power, influence, and reach in the nineteenth-century.

After the French revolutionary era, the west’s self-image, increasingly privileging national and ethnic identity, inspires the embodiment of such cultural ideals in territorial, dynamic states with an acute sense of sovereign destiny and prerogative.  This distinctively western “nation-state” would see its full flowering in the twentieth century.

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.
3.    Describe in abstract terms the basic interplay and connections, the tensions and conflict, between the nationalism and sovereignty of the contemporary nation-state and the pressures, demands, and exigencies imposed by global forces.

Procedure

Pre-class Assignment

  • Students read the assigned documents before class: Decree for Proclaiming Liberty chapter, Declaration of the Rights of Man, Ferry reading and von Treitschke reading

Possible Classroom Activities

Resources

  • Andrea, A.J. & Overfield, J.H. (Eds.) (2011, January 1).  Decree for Proclaiming the Liberty and Sovereignty of All Peoples. The Human Record: Sources of Global History (177). Boston: Cengage Learning [Start on page 147 with On Nature and the Properties of Royal Authority]   
  • Declaration on the Rights of Man – 1789 (n.d.). Retrieved from: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/rightsof.asp
  • Ferry, J. (2011, January 1). Speech before the French National Assembly. In A.J. Andrea and J.H. Overfield (Eds.), The Human Record: Sources of Global History (295 – 297). Boston: Cengage Learning
  • France: Far-Right Amour: Sarkozy courts nationalism, isolates Muslims (2012, April 6). Retrieved from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TT_c1eucBI
  • Nationalism – Kinetic Typography (2011, November 5). Retrieved from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkwA5GJiQx4
  • von Treitschke, H. (2011, January 1). Extracts from History of Germany in the Nineteenth Century and Historical and Political Writings. In A.J. Andrea and J.H. Overfield (Eds.), The Human Record: Sources of Global History (291-295). Boston: Cengage Learning

Optional Resources

 

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