At the end of the courses, students will be able to:
Know the basic concepts of all issues about nationalism.
Recognise nationalistic ideologies and their basic elements and features.
Understand the theoretical and philosophical foundations of nationalism.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of this course is to analyse the theoretical background of nationalist ideologies and trace the basic causes behind their success and the propagation of their fundamental ideas since the French Revolution. The widespread formation of nation-states and their prospective evolution will be analysed baring in mind not only the philosophical basis on which they are founded but also the political and practical results produced by their ideological construction. Emphasis will be given to the special meaning attached to particular concepts like 'language', 'religion', 'nation', 'homeland' by nationalist propaganda as well as to the convergence of individual will and collective freedom that the latter disseminates. The philosophical trend promoting ethnic domination in the state apparatus will be examined vis a vis its possible shortcomings in terms of its reasoning as well as issues contemporary societies need to address. In order to tackle many of today's problems we need to resort to some kind of supra-national cooperation transcending thus national sovereignty. Yet, a lot remains to be done and studied if we are to perceive in depth the repercussions such an evolution could have on democratic institutions and functioning as well as on the self-determination of ordinary citizens.
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
-Elie Kedourie, 2017, “Ο Εθνικισμός”, Αθήνα: Παπαζήση (Εύδοξος)
-Δάφνη Χαλικιοπούλου και Σοφία Βασιλοπούλου, 2015, “Η Εθνικιστική Λύση της Χρυσής Αυγής”, Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο.
-Ετιέν Μπαλιμπάρ, Ιμμάνουελ Βαλλερστάιν, 2017, “Φυλή, έθνος, τάξη. Οι διφορούμενες ταυτότητες”, Αθήνα: Νήσος (Εύδοξος)
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