Honorary Professor of International History and Politics, Graduate Institute, Geneva
(October – December 2015)
Must Nations Become States? The Birth of Self-Determination
This project examines the nexus between nationhood and statehood in a historical perspective. The argument is that this nexus acquired currency later than most scholars maintain and was not as a result of the French Revolution, as it is generally assumed. The central part of the project consists of three case studies – Polish exiles after 1830; Mazzini and Italian unity; Masaryk’s campaign for Czechoslovak independence during World War I – considered as both illustrative and paradigmatic.