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Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
GOVT 387 FA
Only 15-20 years ago, the importance of nationalism as a source of political identity, as well as a source of conflict, was seen to be declining by most observers. The break up of multiethnic Yugoslavia, the Soviet
and Czechoslovakia into ethnically defined nation-states, however, as well as the violence that accompanied the birth of some of these states vividly demonstrated that the eulogies to nationalism were somewhat premature.
This course will survey the re-energized debate on the importance of nationalism as a source of political identity in the 1990's, theories linking nationalism to conflict, and will also examine empirically some of the
"ethnic conflicts" in the Balkans and the Soviet Union. The course will also cover some of the classical literature on the origins of nationalism.
Gellner, Ernest, NATIONS AND NATIONALIS.
Anderson, Benedict, IMAGINED COMMUNITIES
Smith, Anthony, ETHNIC ORIGINS OF NATIONS
Posen, Barry, ¿Ethnic Conflict and the Security Dilemma¿
Fearon, James, ¿Commitment
Problems and the Spread of Ethnic
Fearon, James and Laitin, David, ¿Explaining Interethnic Cooperation¿
Snyder, Jack, FROM VOTING TO VIOLENCE
Kaufman, Stuart, MODERN HATREDS
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Mid-term and final in-class examinations, mid-term and final take-home essays.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
GOVT115 is a prerequisite for this course.
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- Instructor(s): Grigorian,Arman
- Times: .M.W... 08:30AM-09:50AM; Location: PAC421;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 20)
- SR. major: 6 Jr. major: 6
- SR. non-major: 3 Jr. non-major: 3 SO: 2 FR: X
- Curricular Renewal: Speaking, Writing
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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