What Is A Nation?

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01The Us Scotch-irish2012061120130603

What is a nation? Is it the same as a country? Are a people, or a tribe, the same thing as a nation?

American writer Michael Goldfarb looks for a definition of "Nation" for the globalised 21st century. Goldfarb who spent most of the last two decades covering conflicts and conflict resolution draws on his experiences in Bosnia, Iraq, and Northern Ireland to look at the question. These essays contain not just ideas but vivid anecdotes of real people caught up in the frequently violent confrontations sparked by unresolved questions of nationhood.

The first essay looks at the close connections between Ulster's Protestant community and their blood relations in America, the Scotch-Irish. Separated by centuries and an ocean they still have many cultural similarities including using religion as a principle of political action.

First broadcast in June 2012.

02The Kurds2012061220130604

What is a nation? Is it the same as a country? Are a people, or a tribe, the same thing as a nation?

In this episode, Michael Goldfarb looks at the case of the Kurds, the world's largest ethnic group without a homeland of their own. He explains how they were promised a national state by the Great Powers after World War I and why that promise was unfulfilled.

In a series of five essays, American writer Michael Goldfarb looks for a definition of the "nation" for the 21st century. Goldfarb who spent most of the last two decades covering conflicts and conflict-resolution draws on his experiences in Bosnia, Iraq, and Northern Ireland to look at the question. These essays contain not just ideas but vivid anecdotes of real people caught up in the frequently violent confrontations sparked by unresolved questions of nationhood.

First broadcast in June 2012.

In this episode, Michael looks at the case of the Kurds, the world's largest ethnic group without a homeland of their own. He explains how they were promised a national state by the Great Powers after World War I and why that promise was unfulfilled.

03Bosnia2012061320130605

What is a nation? Is it the same as a country? Are a people, or a tribe, the same thing as a nation?

Is a nation something you die for? Or get murdered for? The story of Bosnia's hot war and cold peace and how it revived an idea of nationhood born in the 19th century and thoroughly discredited by the Nazi catastrophe in the middle of the 20th century.

In a series of five essays, American writer Michael Goldfarb looks for a definition of the "nation" for the globalised 21st century. Goldfarb who spent most of the last two decades covering conflicts and conflict-resolution draws on his experiences in Bosnia, Iraq, and Northern Ireland to look at the question. These essays contain not just ideas but vivid anecdotes of real people caught up in the frequently violent confrontations sparked by unresolved questions of nationhood.

First broadcast in June 2012.

In this episode: Is a nation something you die for? Or get murdered for? The story of Bosnia's hot war and cold peace and how it revived an idea of nationhood born in the 19th century and thoroughly discredited by the Nazi catastrophe in the middle of the 20th century.

04Germany2012061420130606

What is a nation? Is it the same as a country? Are a people, or a tribe, the same thing as a nation?

The story of the Germans and their two-century long struggle to create from 330-plus different political entities, a single, stable nation called Germany. German philosophers invented the concept of "nationalism" during the Enlightenment, yet of all the great centres of the Enlightenment it is Germany that has had the hardest time defining exactly what their nation is.

In a series of five essays, American writer Michael Goldfarb looks for a definition of the "nation" for the globalised 21st century. Goldfarb who spent most of the last two decades covering conflicts and conflict-resolution draws on his experiences in Bosnia, Iraq, and Northern Ireland to look at the question. These essays contain not just ideas but vivid anecdotes of real people caught up in the frequently violent confrontations sparked by unresolved questions of nationhood.

First broadcast in June 2012.

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The story of the Germans and their two century long struggle to create from 330 plus different political entities, a single, stable nation called Germany. German philosophers invented the concept of "nationalism" during the Enlightenment, yet of all the great centres of the Enlightenment it was Germany that has had the hardest time defining exactly what their nation is.

05 LASTEurope2012061520130607

What is a nation? Is it the same as a country? Are a people, or a tribe, the same thing as a nation?

The euro zone crisis has confirmed for British euro sceptics their deepest suspicions: That the EU elites are trying to create a United States of Europe by the back door. In this final essay, Michael Goldfarb looks at the crisis and asks if definitions of nationhood and national sovereignty that arose in the 19th century are fit for purpose in the globalized 21st. And what of the argument that integration is inevitable in a world where capital and those who manipulate it operate with no boundaries and no national loyalty?

In a series of five essays, American writer Michael Goldfarb looks for a definition of the "nation" for the globalised 21st century. Goldfarb who spent most of the last two decades covering conflicts and conflict-resolution draws on his experiences in Bosnia, Iraq, and Northern Ireland to look at the question. These essays contain not just ideas but vivid anecdotes of real people caught up in the frequently violent confrontations sparked by unresolved questions of nationhood.

First broadcast in June 2012.

What is a nation? Is it the same as a country? Are a people, or a tribe, the same thing as a nation?

In a series of five essays, American writer Michael Goldfarb looks for a definition of the "nation" for the globalised 21st century. Goldfarb who spent most of the last two decades covering conflicts and conflict-resolution draws on his experiences in Bosnia, Iraq, and Northern Ireland to look at the question. These essays contain not just ideas but vivid anecdotes of real people caught up in the frequently violent confrontations sparked by unresolved questions of nationhood.

This episode: The euro zone crisis has confirmed for British euro sceptics their deepest suspicions: That the EU elites are trying to create a United States of Europe by the back door. In this final essay, Michael Goldfarb looks at the crisis and asks if definitions of nationhood and national sovereignty that arose in the 19th century are fit for purpose in the globalized 21st. And what of the argument that integration is inevitable in a world where capital and those who manipulate it operate with no boundaries and no national loyalty?