GEST-646 Collective Identities in Europe, 20th c.
Fall for 2017-2018
This colloquium will focus on how collective identities like nation, class, gender, race, religion, and ethnicity have defined and motivated Europeans and how these identities have evolved over the century. For example we shall examine: how collective identities functioned as causes or explanations of events, e.g. nationalism and the First World War, or in creating political movements, e.g. social class and socialism and communism. Similarly we shall look at how collective identities competed with or complemented one another, e.g. nation vs. class, or gender vs. class. We conclude with questions about the alleged decline or transformation of traditional loyalties like nation, class, and religion and the rise of commitment to other sub national and transnational identities. “How different were the identities of Europeans in 1914 from today?” is the grand question we will address.
The following syllabi may help you learn more about this course (login required):
Fall '17: Kuisel, R (file download)
Additional syllabi may be available in prior academic years.