Lecture | Leiden University Nationalism Network
Nationalism in World History
- Andreas Wimmer (Columbia University, New York)
- Tuesday 26 January 2021
- Leiden University Nationalism Network
- Kaltura (online)
Andreas Wimmer is a Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy at Columbia University and one of the most ground breaking authors in the field of nationalism studies. The main focus of his research has been the global comparative analysis of nation-state formation, nation-building and ethnic boundary making. By a sophisticated use of global databases he has challenged many widely accepted views, while also coining (together with Nina Glick-Schiller) the highly influential concept of ‘methodological nationalism’. Some of his main publications are Ethnic Boundary Making: Institutions, Power, Networks (Oxford 2013), Waves of War: Nationalism, State Formation, and Ethnic Exclusion in the Modern World (Cambridge 2013) and Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart (Princeton 2018).
In his lecture, Wimmer will outline the role of nationalism in the history of the modern world. He will offer an analysis of its origin, global spread, and gradual institutionalization in the world order of nation-states, giving special attention to the conflicts and wars that this process entailed. The talk concludes with a reflection on the current rise of neo-nationalism and its possible future trajectory.
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