Given the "peripheral" circumstances of so many of the peoples of Central Eurasia during the present century it is not surprising that the phenomenon of nationalism has assumed a marked importance in that part of the world. This course allows students to study this issue by first providing them with an introduction to major trends in the growing body of literature on it and then affording them the opportunity to apply some of the theories encountered to an examination of nationalism among specific peoples of Central Eurasia. The first half of the course will be devoted to readings and discussions of various works on nationalism. The second half will be given over to the seminar-style presentation of papers by students dealing with individual cases of nationalism among distinct peoples in Central Eurasia.
Days and Time: Thursday, 2:30-5:00