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Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart

March 27, 2018
6:00 PM–7:30 PM

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Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall

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Dear friends and colleagues,

We are pleased to welcome Andreas Wimmer for a talk on Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart, in conversation with Jack Snyder, Gwyneth McClendron, Deborah Yashar, Prerna Singh and moderated by Shamus Khan..

RSVP information below. We hope to see you there!

 

 

Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart
Andreas Wimmer, in conversation with Jack Snyder, Gwyneth McClendron, Deborah Yashar, and Prerna Singh, moderated by Shamus Khan

March 276:00-7:30 PM
Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall
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Why is national integration achieved in some diverse countries, while others are destabilized by political inequality between ethnic groups, contentious politics, or even separatism and ethnic war? Traversing centuries and continents from early nineteenth-century Europe and Asia to Africa from the turn of the twenty-first century to today, Andreas Wimmer delves into the forces that encourage political alliances to stretch across ethnic divides and build national unity. Wimmer’s theory of nation building focuses on slow-moving, generational processes: the spread of civil society organizations, linguistic assimilation, and the states’ capacity to provide public goods. Offering a long-term historical perspective and global outlook, Nation Building sheds important new light on the challenges of political integration in diverse countries.

Event co-sponsored by the Maison Française, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, ISERP, Committee on Global Thought, Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, and Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.  Featured in the New Books in the Arts & Sciences series.

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