Jan 7 Lecture
NATIONALISM AND CONFLICT- Kopstein
What is Nationalism?
nation a group that wants to have its own states
nation: group of people who believe they share a common fate, history,
culture and language
nationalism says that the state and nation should be congruent
almost every state has a cultural or national minority within it- expected that
they’re to have rights, but what kind of rights? Basic liberal rights (freedom
of speech, etc). Do they have collective rights?
Big disagreement on collective rights: less (Do they have rights as Arabs?
Nationalism is the ideology of nations: completely wrong
Only occurs under modern conditions: a modern phenomenon, its this need
for congruence that needs to be explained (never in human history did
people insist that leaders should be of the same culture)
Nations don’t exist in themselves, they are inventions, we perceive them as
Nationalism and Modernization
Nationalism comes out of the process of modernization
Europe consisted of high cultures and low cultures: monarchs and
Industrial society and need for universalization of high culture, need for a
common culture, people need to be abl