Nationalism in Europe


How did Europeans become Germans or Italians? When did people start thinking of themselves

in national terms? Why did national identities become so powerful, and what might happen to

them next? This course examines the history of nationalism in modern Europe, from the 1700s

to the present day. We will consider the emergence and consolidation of European nation-states

in the eighteenth century; nationalist movements and the breakup of empires in the

nineteenth; ethnic cleansing and nationalist violence in twentieth-century Europe; as well as

the rise of the European Union and its challenges today. To explore different forms and

varieties of nationalism, we will study films, poems, paintings, and musical sources in addition

to scholarly texts. Through these sources, we will try to understand both the origins and the

prospects of nationalist sentiment in Europe. 

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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