Nation Building Assignment

Nation Building: Historical Case Studies

Since the Westphalian Settlement, states have held a unique position in Europe and the world that it colonized. Living outside a state is almost unthinkable, yet we rarely look at how these entities came about in the early modern period. There are several models, but no nation came to fruition by a single route.

  • “Organic” (Iceland)
  • Conquest (UK)
  • Legislative or other fiat (Vatican City)
  • Rebellion/Revolution/War of Independence (USA)
  • Religious ideal (Tibet)

Describe how these nations were constructed (or sometimes how they came apart). Why did this nation-state develop as it did? Evaluate how the state evolved: which was most influencial geopolitics, environment, language, race/ethnicity, religion, nationalism and other nations influenced this development. (300-500 words).  Be ready with a brief, 1-2 minute, presentation.

Due week 2

Some interesting examples:

Israel
Palestine
France
Denmark
USA
Russia
Turkey
UK
Norway
Sweden
Botswana
Saudi Arabia
China
Chile
Algeria
Kurdistan
Finland
Cyprus
EU
Yugoslavia
Somalia
Nigeria

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