22nd Ernest Gellner Lecture: Nationalism and War (John Hutchinson)

Date(s) - 26/03/2017
17:00 - 18:00

Room B33, Malet Street Building, Birkbeck College

2017-gellner-lecture-posterMichael Howard has claimed that most nation states that came into existence before the mid twentieth century were created by war or had their boundaries defined by wars or internal violence. Yet there have few attempts to examine theoretically the relationships between nationalism (broadly conceived) and warfare in their changing manifestations. In this lecture Dr John Hutchinson will argue that warfare has played an important role in in the rise of nation states, the formation of national communities, definitions of political rights and duties, and the transformation from a world of empires to one of nation states, albeit one marked by recurring attempts at re-imperialisation.

This event will be held on Sunday 26th March 2017 in Room B33, Malet Street Building, Birkbeck College, University of London. It will be followed by a drinks reception.

No pre-registration is required.