Jim Sheehan Discusses the Problem of the Nation-States

James J. Sheehan, the Dickason Professor, emeritus, in the Humanities at Stanford University, will discuss how the emergence of the European states was neither inevitable nor uniform nor irreversible at the next weekly history seminar jointly sponsored by the National History Center and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The formation of nation-states created a problematic relationship between state structures and national loyalties. These central themes have a significance far beyond Europe. Throughout the world the state-making process is still complex, uneven, and unfinished.

Professor Sheehan has written five books, mostly on German history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His most recent work is Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? The Transformation of Modern Europe (2008). He has also served at President of the American Historical Association and currently is the vice chairman of the National History Center Board of Trustees.

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This is part of the weekly history seminar that aims to facilitate the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places, and from multiple perspectives. Click here to see a complete listing of the schedule of speakers and topics, as well as videos of the presentations.