West European Studies | European Union and Conflict: Nationalism and Globalization in the 20th Century
W405 | 0674 | Lazda

MTWR 1:10-2:40p BH 244
Meets with HIST B300 and WEUR W605
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Will the 21st century in Europe be one of international cooperation
and globalization based on the model of the European Union, where
state borders increasingly lose their significance? Or, will the
resurgence of nationalism and xenophobia result in conflict, as the
rest of Europe follows the pattern of Yugoslavia?

This course will examine the development of nationalism and
globalization throughout twentieth-century European history, from the
formation of nation-states to the current debates on the European
Union and globalization. As an introduction to the  course, we will
discuss the background and theories of European nationalism. In the
second part, we will apply this background to twentieth-century
European history and case studies of specific countries (e.g.
Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain.) In week five we will
discuss Europe and the recent conflict in Yugoslavia and the Balkans.

Questions addressed include: What is a nation/nationalism? What is
citizenship and who defines who is a citizen? How have events such
World War I, World War II, and the Cold War shaped nationalism and
globalization in Europe? How has the concept of Europe and Europeans
changed in the 20th century?

Classes will combine lecture and discussion. Students must have the
required reading completed before class each day and come to class
prepared to discuss the material. Class materials will also include
film and art.

For further information please contact M. Lazda at mlazda@indiana.edu