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POLI 1047 Creating the Modern State: Power, Politics, and Propaganda from the Renaissance to the 21st Century (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

How does the modern nation-state work? Through persuasion, coercion, and indoctrination. Our national identity is manufactured through propaganda and socialization: it depends on accepting myths of common culture and history shared among an "imagined community" of strangers. Does the state work? It depends: certainly, "Big Brother" is omnipresent in many states. On the other hand, territorialized political units are not good at dealing with trans-border problems like terrorism, climate change, or globalization. But there is a history behind the evolution of the modern nation-state, one worth learning: how did we get here; where do we go from now?

Instructor(s): Hiroshi Nakazato

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions

Last Updated: 03-Mar-17