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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Japan - Hitotsubashi University - Tokyo - 'Hitotsubashi University'
UC Course SubjectHistory
Number & Suffix: 110
Transcript Title: PST-WAR NATIONALISM 
UC QTR Units - Division: 3.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: It is well-known that the Second World War had a lasting effect on post-war societies. The ‘coming to terms with the past’ decisively shaped how in particular those nations of the former axis powers remembered the recent past and reorganized their national identity as well as their political cultures. The mainstream historiography on Europe as well as on Asia usually emphasizes that the military defeat resulted in a profound national crisis from which in particular West Germany and Japan escaped finally ‘rejuvenated,’ as they transformed both into economic powerhouses and exemplary liberal democracies. In this perspective, nationalism is presented as a dated phenomenon that has been successfully overcome. In recent years historians have started to pay more attention to the contradictory developments of the post-war decades. For one of these ambiguous phenomenon Jie-Hyun Lim has coined the term ‘victimhood nationalism.’ Contrary to what is often believed, nationalism did not vanish, but - in a different guise - remained a strong and popular ideology that shaped public and individual memory, both in the defeated and in the devastated nations. Methodologically, he advances the view that nationalism was not a nationally restricted, but a transnational ideology that continued to be a popular mode of explaining the present and its (imagined) past. In a strictly transnational and comparative perspective, the seminar probes this concept of ‘victimhood nationalism,’ taking a closer empirical look on Korea, Japan, Germany, Poland and Israel. The seminar thus not only provides an in-depth and unusually wide overview of the post-war period, but also critically discusses some of the main historiographical narratives and their intellectual origins. 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner University Department: Global Education Program 
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