Celebrating Recent Work by Andreas Wimmer

New Books in the Arts and Sciences

March 27, 2018 Tuesday, 6:00pm EDT Buell Hall, Columbia University
  • Maison Francaise
  • Department of Socioloty
  • Department of Political Science
  • Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
  • The Committee on Global Thought
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New Books in the Arts & Sciences—panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty.

Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart
by: Andreas Wimmer

Why is national integration achieved in some diverse countries, while others are destabilized by political inequality between ethnic groups, contentious politics, or even separatism and ethnic war? Traversing centuries and continents from early nineteenth-century Europe and Asia to Africa from the turn of the twenty-first century to today, Andreas Wimmer delves into the forces that encourage political alliances to stretch across ethnic divides and build national unity. Using global datasets and three pairs of case studies (Switzerland and Belgium, Botswana and Somalia, and China and Russia), Wimmer’s theory of nation building focuses on slow-moving, generational processes: the spread of civil society organizations, linguistic assimilation, and the states’ capacity to provide public goods. Offering a long-term historical perspective and global outlook, Nation Building sheds important new light on the challenges of political integration in diverse countries.

  • Author Andreas Wimmer Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy Columbia University
  • Speaker Jack Lewis Snyder Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations in Political Science Columbia University
  • Speaker Gwyneth McClendon Assistant Professor of Politics New York University
  • Speaker Deborah J. Yashar Professor of Politics and International Affairs Princeton University
  • Speaker Prerna Singh Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs Brown University
  • Moderator Shamus Khan Professor of Sociology Columbia University