Imperialism, Nationalism and 20th-Century Britain (MA, PhD seminar)

a kurzus adatai

a kurzus címe

Imperialism, Nationalism and 20th-Century Britain – NEW [MA, PhD seminar]

az oktató neve

Cora Zoltán

a kurzus kódja

– (most kerül először meghirdetésre)

az óra helye

3302-es terem (Angol szeminárium)

az óra időpontja

Hétfő, 18:00–20:00

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rövid (300–500 karakteres) szöveges leírás

The seminar provides a critical survey and analysis of the process of decolonization, imperialism and nationalism in the 20th century with regard to Great Britain and Europe from a historical and theoretical perspective. Since the number of –isms in connection with theoretical approaches have mushroomed recently, so have the number and obscurity of problems. Therefore, the seminar proposes a threefold aim in order to be able to discern basic trends or similar ideas among the questions of imperialism and nationalism. First, the course looks at the central notions of nation and nationalism. Secondly, the seminar will discuss the history of British imperialism in the 20th century, with an emphasis on the process of decolonization. Also, it endeavours to apply the knowledge gained thus far on case studies. Thirdly, the course raises the issue of globalisation as one of the most significant socio-economic and political phenomena of our contemporary world.

részletes (hetekre bontott) tematika

1. What is imperialism? What is nationalism?

2. What is postcolonialism?

3. Building the empire I. Colonial dimensions

4. Building the empire II. Home affairs

5. Building the empire III. Colonial discourse, racism, ideology

6. Forging a nation? I.

7. Forging a nation? II.

8. Empire and nation in the interwar years

9. Empire and nation in the post-war years

10. The process of decolonization

11. Globalisation, empire, nation

12. Students’ presentations and conclusions I.

13. Students’ presentations and conclusions II.


a jegy/aláírás megszerzésének feltétele és módja

  • Secondary Source Analysis, 1000 words max (10%)
  • Essay evaluating a particular approach, 3000 words max (20%)
  • Mini-research project on a chosen topic showing the employability of theories and methods learnt in the course, 2000 words max (15%)
  • Mini-research project presentation, c. 10 minutes (15%)
  • End Term Test (40%)

kötelező olvasmányok (ha vannak)

Anderson, Benedict: Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London – New York: Verso, 2006.

Arnstein, Walter L.: The Past Speaks. Sources and Problems in British History. Vol. II: since 1688. Toronto: D. C. Heath and Co. 1993. (textbook); all documents pertaining to 19th-20th-century foreign and internal policy.

Berger, Stefan: A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Europe. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.

Blakeley, Brian – Collins, Jacquelin: Documents in British History. Vol. II: 1688 to Present. London: McGraw-Hill Inc., 1993. (textbook); all documents pertaining to 19th-20th-century foreign and internal policy.

Chan, Stephen: “After The Order of Civilisation. Weightless International Relations and the Burden of Unreduced Responsibility”, in: Interventions. 10:2 (2008), 236-248.

Colley, Linda. Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837. London: Pimlico. 2003.

Connell, Liam: “Scottish Nationalism and the Colonial Vision of Scotland”, Postcolonial Studies. 6 (2) (2004): 252-263.

Gowan, Peter: “Cooperation and Conflict in Transatlantic Relations after the Cold War”, in: Interventions. 5 (2) (2003) 218-232.

Johnson, Robert: British Imperialism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Leersen, Joep. “Englishness, Ethnicity and Matthew Arnold”, European Journal of English Studies 10 (1) (2006): 63-79.

Sassen, Saskia: “The State of Globalisation”, in: Interventions. 5 (2) (2003): 241-248.

Smith, Anthony D.: Nationalism and Modernism. A Critical Survey of Recent Theories of Nations and Nationalism. London: Routledge, 1998.

Smith, Neil: “After the American Lebensraum: Empire, Empire and Globalisation”, in: Interventions. 5 (2) (2003): 249-270.

Young, Robert J. C: Postcolonialism. An Historical Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.

White, Timothy J: “Modeling the Origins and Evolution of Postcolonial Politics: The Case of Ireland”, Postcolonial Text. 3 (3) (2007), 13p.

Williams, Chris: A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britain. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

Wrigley, Chris: A Companion to Early Twentieth-Century Britain. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.

ajánlott olvasmányok (ha vannak)


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