Nationalism: Myth and Reality (In Person)

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - Tuesday, April 4, 2023

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Three Sessions


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Course Description

Nationalism is at the root of most of the violence in the world today, both internationally and domestically. Dictators and would-be dictators appeal to nationalism to solidify their support. Their ideology poses a threat to democracy, whether in the U.S., Hungary, or non-Western states.

In this class, we will examine the development of nationalism through the views of leading historians, political scientists, and sociologists in connection with historical events from nationalism’s rise in 18th-century Europe to the present day.

What assumptions underpin the ideology? What is a nation and how does it differ from other social groupings? What factors played a role in the formation of nations? What historical developments were particularly salient? What does the future hold for nations and nationalism?

Our goal is to gain a deeper understanding of what is arguably the most important political ideology of the modern age and therefore a much deeper appreciation of world events.
Three Sessions. $205/$184.5. Led by John J. Kulczycki

Registration Fees

Registration is $205

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us

The Adult Education team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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