This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 759
  • Course: Master of Liberal Arts
  • Semester: I
  • Title: Understanding Nations and Nationalism
  • Stream: History
  • Description:

    Introduction to studies on nationalism; Ernest Renan: nationalism as a product of ‘forgetfulness’, nationalism as a spiritual principle; Ernest Gellner: sociological necessity of nationalism in modern times, from agro-literate to industrial society, from low to high cultures; Eric Hobsbawm: nationalism as invented traditions, democratic political nationalism and ethno-linguistic nationalism, nationalism from above and nationalism from below; Benedict Anderson: nation as an ‘imagined community’, fatalities of death and babel, print capitalism and linguistic diversity; Anthony D. Smith: nationalism and its ethnic origins, intelligentsia as mediators between an ethnic past and a nationalist present; Making sense of nations and nationalisms in South Asia: loss and recovery of self under colonialism, nationalist thought and colonial reason, historical antecedents of nationalism in South Asia.

  • Text:

    Geoff Eley and Ronald Grigor Suny (ed.), Becoming National: A Reader, Oxford University Press, 1996.^$^Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism, Blackwell, 2006 (1983).^$^Eric Hobsbawm& Terrence Ranger (ed.), The Invention of Tradition, Cambridge University Press, 1992.^$^Eric Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism Since 1780, Cambridge University Press, 1992.^$^Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, Verso, 2006.^$^Anthony D. Smith, Ethnic Origins of Nationalism, Wiley-Blackwell, 1991.^$^ Anthony D. Smith, Nationalism and Modernism, Routledge, 1998.^$^AshisNandy, Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism, Oxford University Press, 1988.^$^Partha Chatterjee, Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse?,Zed Books, 1986.^$^Chris Bayly, Origins of Nationality in South Asia: Patriotism and Ethical Government in the Making of Modern India, Oxford University Press, 1998.