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This course, which is required of all European Studies majors in their second year, will introduce students to the linkages between modern Europe, its historical foundations and its various national identities. Issues of identity will include history, politics, society, languages, religion and culture from the ancient to contemporary periods. Each week we will concentrate on one country. We will be asking the question ‘What are the major characteristics of identity of a particular country?’ That is not an easy or straightforward question and we will explore why the question is itself something of a problem.
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