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March 21st, 2011
The End of the Nation-State
Beyond Nationalism: The Theory
Nationalism is a product of industrial society
New phenomenon, only in existence for the past 200 years
Implications: if nationalism is the product of industrial modernity, than what will
happen when industrial modernity passes? Nationalism will pass as well
Does therefore, the passing of the industrial society into post-industrial society mean
that we are moving to a post-national era?
What would that mean?
Primary allegiances shift from nation-state to something above that.
How would that actually transpire?
Case Study: European Union
•Historical circumstances: run up to war & WWII Many people understood
there was going to be a fight; in order to prevent this from happening a federal Europe
•How to ensure the Germany & France never fight again? Historical rivals
•Notions of European Federalism
•European Coal & Steel Community: 1951 (France, Germany, Italy, Belgium,
•State interests: German economic power & French political influence
•Idea: unite economies
From Coal & Steel to EU
Contradictions of only coal & steel
•What about all the other things that go into making coal & steel?
•Apparent that you couldn’t just do coal & steel, you had to tie economies together
Treaties of Rome: 1957 (EEC & Euratom)