Political Science | Probs of Central Eurasian Natism
Y657 | 25933 | Bovingdon

Theorizing Central Eurasia:  The Problem of Nationalism

Though some people predicted a generation ago that nationalism would
disappear, it has clearly remained an important political force
throughout the world. Nationalism unquestionably gained strength in
Central Eurasia after the breakup of the Soviet Union, yet it had
emerged as an ideology and a political force in the region long
before the 1990s. In order to understand how and why, this course
will introduce students to key works on the origins and significance
of nationalism. We will consider a number of fundamental questions.
How are nations and nationalism related? Are nations imagined and
invented, as critics claim, or ancient and enduring, as nationalists
assert? Are nationalism, communism, and religiosity necessarily in
tension? Are indigenous nationalisms more authentic than "official
nationalisms"? Was (and is) nationalism in Central Eurasia merely
a "derivative discourse," imported from elsewhere?