The End of the Nation-State?
Beyond Nationalism: The Theory
1.Nationalism is a product of industrial society: recap
2.Nationalism is modern; did not exist before the modern world
` concept of common culture, shared with people it governed, etc. only existed for ~last
3.Previous to modernity, the idea of having a state, that would insure through
education, a common culture, was unnecessary; for most of human history, rulers
didn't share a culture with the people they ruled
4.Language politics didn't exist (as we understand it today)
5.The rise of modernity makes this a necessity
6.If industrial modernity; what will happen when it passes?
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7.What would it even mean to say industrial modernity has passed?
` imagine age of smokestack industry, it hasn't passed, but it looks like it's passing
(like other industries, loads of divisions of labour, many of us work from home, no
longer have to go into the factory, etc.)
8.One tiny element of the passing of modernity: the increased amount of people who
work from home
9.Does therefore, the passing of industrial society into post-industrial society mean
that we are moving to a post-national society mean that we are moving to a post-
10.What would that mean?
11.Primary allegiances shift from nation-state to something above that
` your allegiances might change
12.These differences in identity; Torontonian, Ontarian, Canadian, North
American, Western Hemispherian, etc.
13.How would that actually transpire?
14.What are the politics of this? How do we know, if it were actually happening?
` One way we do this is by conducting surveys
Case Study: European Union
Political architects: Robert Schuman & John
15. It appears that people are transferring part of their allegiances to an entity
that is above them
16.Historical circumstances: run up to war & WWII
` was previously a battle zone, consisting of powers & rising powers, seeking world
domination (like a big game of Risk)
` domination was essentially (the British primarily, secondarily the French) squaring
off against a rising Germany