Spring 2012

Rethinking Post-Colonial Nationalism

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-320

Formerly listed as: POSC-20


Amrita Basu (Section 01)


[CP] Nationalist fervor seemed likely to diminish once so-called Third World nations achieved independence. However, the past few years have witnessed the resurgence and transformation of nationalism in the post-colonial world. Where anti-colonial nationalist movements appeared to be progressive forces of social change, many contemporary forms of nationalism appear to be reactionary. Did nationalist leaders and theoreticians fail to identify the exclusionary qualities of earlier incarnations of nationalism? Were they blind to its chauvinism? Or has nationalism become increasingly intolerant? Was the first wave of nationalist movements excessively marked by European liberal influences? Or was it insufficiently committed to universal principles? We will explore expressions of nationalism in democratic, revolutionary, religious nationalist, and ethnic separatist movements in the post-colonial world.

Spring semester. Professor Basu.

Cost: 67.00 ?


2015-16: Offered in Spring 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014