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Nationalism: Myth and Reality

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  • 18 and older
  • $184.50
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  • 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL
  • 6 hours over 3 sessions

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What you'll learn in this literature class:

What are the historical roots of nationalism? How does it impact nations across the globe today? What is the future for this political ideology?

Nationalism is at the root of most of the violence in the world today, both internationally and domestically. Dictators and would-be dictators appeal to nationalism to solidify their support. Their ideology poses a threat to democracy, whether in the U.S., Hungary, or non-Western states.

In this class, we will examine the development of nationalism through the views of leading historians, political scientists, and sociologists in connection with historical events from nationalism’s rise in 18th-century Europe to the present day.

What assumptions underpin the ideology? What is a nation and how does it differ from other social groupings? What factors played a role in the formation of nations? What historical developments were particularly salient? What does the future hold for nations and nationalism?

Our goal is to gain a deeper understanding of what is arguably the most important political ideology of the modern age and therefore a much deeper appreciation of world events.

John J. Kulczycki taught courses on nationalism at the introductory and graduate levels as a member of the History Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Professor Emeritus. His research and publications have dealt primarily with nationalism and national conflicts.



  • E.J. Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality. Cambridge University Press, 1992. ISBN: 0 521 43961 2

First Reading:

  • Please read the Introduction and chapters 1 and 2 of Nations and Nationalism Since 1780 by E.J. Hobsbawm.

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  • For single- and two-session seminars, tuition (less 10% processing fee) is refundable until 2 business day before the seminar begins.
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After this the class has met (for the second time in a longer course) we pay our instructors and do not give any refunds. We do not offer letters of credit.

If the seminar fails to reach a minimum of seven registrations before the early registration deadline (one week before the first day of the term), the seminar will be canceled and all participants will be refunded less a 5% non-refundable registration fee. The instructor is required to teach the seminar if it reaches seven registrations prior to the early registration deadline. In some cases, a seminar may be offered with fewer than seven registrations at the option of the instructor.

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