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POL101 Lecture 21

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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Jeffrey Kopstein

The End of the Nation-State? Lecture 21 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 250 years 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 didnt share a culture with the people they ruled 4.Language politics didnt 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? The End of the Nation-State.wma Audio recording started: 12:16 PM March-21-11 7. What would it even mean to say industrial modernity has passed? imagine age of smokestack industry, it hasnt passed, but it looks like its 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- national era? 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
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