Empires, Nations, Borderlands

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Politics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Empires, Nations & Borderlands
Fall 2023
Taught By: Rafi Youatt
Section: AX

CRN: 15461

Credits: 4

This course introduces students to three key concepts in global politics: empires, nations, and borderlands, and examines how they have unfurled in a series of linked historical cases. The course examines a series of intertwined episodes from Spanish, Ottoman, American, Comanche, Navajo, Caucasus, and Russian histories to think about how empires have worked as a form of rule, the modes of resistance to and accommodation with them, and the results of their interactions. While we frequently think about global politics from the perspective of centers (major nation-states, global cities, concentrations of capital, empires) and juxtapose them with peripheries (the edges, borderlands, and frontiers of empires and economy, still ultimately defined by or against centers), this class instead approaches the study of these forces through a focus on global crossroads – multi-imperial, multi-national places at the intersections of those forces, with a life all their own.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Politics (POL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:24pm EDT 9/28/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 702
Date Range: 9/1/2023 - 12/15/2023