Handout – Lecture 6, The Nation State
What are the origins of the modern nation state?
What does it mean to be sovereign?
How has the norm of sovereignty changed over time?
How are the boundaries of the state produced and reproduced through foreign policy and
dichotomies like inside/outside, Self/Other, domestic/foreign?
Concepts and Definitions
Sovereignty: the capacity and authority to control territory; the legitimate monopoly on violence within
a defined territory
Empirical sovereignty: the capacity to govern
Juridical sovereignty: the legal right to govern, usually conferred externally through the UN and