Imagining Europe

This course examines the emergence, expansion, and erosion of support for the European Union over the course of the twentieth century, and asks: WhatÂ’s next for Europe? Topics for investigation will include the relationship between nationalism and Europeanism; support for and suspicion of supranational institutions after the First World War; the Third Reich as a new European empire; the relationship between economic growth and peace; the impact of the Iron Curtain on understandings of European geography; the economic and cultural significance of the Euro; and the role of cultural institutions in establishing European identity. The course will combine approaches from anthropology, economics, history, political theory, and political science, and make use of a wide range of secondary and primary sources to address the question of how European leaders and citizens have imagined their relationship to European Union.