October 6, 2021
many countries have this… Why is this a powerful symbol?
Anderson’s book coins a phrase: “imagined communities”
What makes it possible to imagine membership in a community?
How does this help imagine Latvia as a nation?
In small groups:
Thinking of the national/ethnic identifications you hold: what kinds of experiences, rituals, institutions, practices make it POSSIBLE for you to imagine yourself as a part of a community?
Last class: possibility to imagine oneself in ethnic categories shaped by the state.
Printing press transformed society:
Homogenous Empty Time
Technology makes it possible to imagine that we inhabit the same time:
Homogeneous Empty Time:
But how were these imagined communities achieved?
Even though it was possible to imagine the nation, not everyone did
Even though Europe was the birthplace of nationalism; nationalism tied to wars in Europe…
as late as the end of the 19th century!!!