We’re really pleased to announce the launch of our ‘Working papers in Nationalism Studies’, aimed at showcasing our most excellent student dissertations over the last several years.
Each working paper is an unedited version of a dissertation submitted by one of our students as part of their normal degree programme and which we believe deserves a wider audience.
Numbers 1-4 are available online at the WPiNS webpage:
WPINS_1 Daniel Brember, Zionism and the end of Exile
Daniel Brember graduated with distinction from the programme in June 2010.
This dissertation examines the relationship between Zionism and Exile, specifically in the thought, work, and policy of the movement’s most prominent minds in the pre-state period. The persistent dominance of the Zionist master narrative obscures the complexities to the Yishuv’s ethno-nationalist discourse and the purpose here has been to challenge the validity of this narrative.
WPINS_2 Julia Santiago Stockler, The Invention of Samba and National Identity in Brazil
Julia Santiago Stockler graduated with distinction from the programme in December 2008.
This dissertation, after acknowledging the dearth of works on nationalisms in Latin America and, particularly, the scarcity of publications on national identity in Brazil, investigates the processes through which samba (Brazil’s prime national symbol) was invented as a national tradition during the first half of the twentieth century and the aspects of Brazil’s national identity which can be discerned through samba lyrics.
WPINS_3 Erin E. Hughes, Nation Rebuilding in Rwanda and South Africa: An Assessment of Identity Formation, Governance, and Economic Growth
Erin E. Hughes graduated with distinction from the programme in November 2007.
Rwanda and South Africa suffered extraordinary efforts to cleanse their societies on the basis of ethnicity; Rwanda through a horrifically efficient genocide and South Africa through the protracted exclusion and oppression of apartheid. The new governments have constructed a non-ethnic, state-centred national identity around which to unite their divided populations; they have strived for political systems able to withstand, if not preclude, any remaining extremism in the polity; and they have embraced the pursuit of economic growth. This paper assesses the confluence of these undertakings as they transition each society to an inclusive nation.
WPINS_4 Christian Wicke, Catching God’s Coattail: Comparing Bismarck’s and Kohl’s Profile in Nationalism
Christian Wicke graduated with distinction from the programme in November 2007.
It has been assumed that the first German unification was driven from above, whereas the second unification was driven from below and that Bismarck played a greater role in the respective process than Kohl. This comparative study rethinks the interaction between nationalisms from ‘above’ and ‘below’ and shows that contextualising individuals can be a fruitful method to overcome mistaken theoretical assumptions. Considering nationalism from below before the unifications, in combination with an analysis of the actions, socialisations, political philosophies and nationalist ideas of Bismarck and Kohl, leads to the conclusion that both unification processes were too dialectical to accept the abovementioned dichotomy.