Bloody Diversity. A history of European state- and nation-building
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This course starts from the assumption that students of European Studies can only fully understand contemporary Europe, if they know how and why states, nations and international relations came into existence. States, nations and inter-state, or international, relations are terms commonly used to describe current politics and political institutions. They seem to have been around forever; indeed, it is hard to conceptualise politics and the political domain without using these key concepts. Modern research, however, shows that states and nations as well as inter-state relations are, in fact, products of recent history. This course therefore analyses stateand nation-building as well as the development of the European state system from the Middle Ages until the early twentieth century and discusses the circumstances under which they emerged.
At the end of this course, students have: • Gained a general overview of European history since the High Middle Ages; • Acquired a general knowledge about the history of international relations from the High Middle Ages until the Paris treaties of 1919 • Acquired a more profound knowledge of the history of European states • Acquired a comprehensive knowledge of the history of stateand nation-building in a particular country of their choice • Reflected on feedback and comments from their tutor who assesses their paper. • Learnt how to apply concepts discussed in class in their paper.
• Craig, G., & George, A.L. (2007). Force and statecraft. Diplomatic problems of our time. New York: Oxford University Press. • Opello, W.C., & Rosow, S.J. (2004). The nation-state and global order. A historical introduction to contemporary politics. London: Lynne Rienner. • Palmer, R.R., & Colton, J. (2006). A history of the modern world. (10th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.