This course focuses on issues of state formation and nationalism since the 12th century in (Western-) Europe, concentrating on developments in the Low Countries, Germany, France and Britain.
Students acquire a thorough knowledge of the history of states and nations in Europe
Mode of instruction
Participation (10 %) and paper (90 %)
Paper of 4.000-5.000 words based on about 500 pages extra literature (deadline 22 November 2010)
Week 1: Dr. H.J. Storm:
Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities. Reflections on the origin and Spread of Nationalism (Revised edition. New York: Verso, 1991).
Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism (Ithaca and New York 1983; or other edition).
Anthony D. Smith, The Ethnic Origins of Nations (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1998) Introduction, Chapter 1 and Chapter 8.
Week 2: Dr. R. Stein:
J. Israel, The Dutch Republic; its rise, greatness and fall 1477-1806 (Oxford 1995): Chapter 2, ‘On the threshold of the modern era’, p. 9-40; Chapter 4, ‘Territorial consolidation’, p. 55-73.
Robert Stein and Judith Pollmann eds., Networks, Regions and Nations. Shaping Identities in the Low Countries, 1300-1650 (Leiden 2010): ‘Introduction’ (Stein), ‘The dynamics of national identity in the later Middle Ages’ (Hoppenbrouwers), ‘The urban network in the Low Countries’ (Stein) and ‘Patriotism and liberty in the Low Countries’ (Duke).
Week 3: Prof. Dr. J. Pollmann
Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches. An interpretation of Dutch culture in the Golden Age (London 1987), chapter 2, pp. 51-125.
Judith Pollmann. ‘No Man’s Land. Reinventing Netherlandish Identities, 1585-1621’ in: Robert Stein and Judith Pollmann eds., Networks, Regions and Nations. Shaping Identities in the Low Countries, 1300-1650 (Leiden 2010) 241-261.
J.L. Price, Holland and the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century (Oxford 1994).
Week 4: Prof. dr. J.F.J. Duindam
Hillay Zmora, Monarchy, Aristocracy, And The State In Europe 1300-1800 (London; New York 2001) .
Peter H. Wilson, ‘Still a Monstrosity? Some reflections on Early Modern German Statehood’ The Historical Journal (2006) 565-576.
William Beik, ‘The Absolutism of Louis XIV as Social Collaboration’, Past & Present, 188 (2005) 195-224.
Jeroen Duindam, ‘Vienna and Versailles. Materials For Further Comparison and Some Conclusions’, Zeitenblicke 4, 3 (2005) [13.12.2005], URL: http://www.zeitenblicke.de/2005/3/Duindam/index_html, URN: urn:nbn:de:0009-9-2411
Week 5: Dr. P. Dassen
A. Labrie, ‘Kultur and Zivilisation in Germany during the nineteenth century’, Yearbook of European Studies 7 (1994) 95-120.
D. Blackbourn, History of Germany 1780-1918. The Long Nineteenth Century (2nd ed., Oxford 2003) from chapter 4 onwards (p. 133-374)
Week 6: Dr. J. Augusteijn
G. Esping-Anderson, The three worlds of welfare capitalism (Princeton University Press 1990) p. 1-138.
Rodney Lowe, ‘Torn between Europe and America. The British Welfare State from Beveridge to Blair’ in: Anneke Ribberink and Hans Righart eds., The Great, the New and the British (Utrecht 2000).
John Gelissen, Worlds of Welfare, Worlds of Consent? Public Opinion on the Welfare State (Tilburg 2001) Chapter 2, pp. 21-50.
Recommended reading (for the historical background)
- Hagen Schulze, States, nations and nationalism: From the Middle Ages to the Present (Oxford: Blackwell 1998) or German original.
With coordinator: dr. H.J. Storm
The books and articles of the required reading will be available at the History section of the University Library (werkgroepenkast!)