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: