Monthly Publications Update, 11/2016-2/2017, Member Submissions

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Xypolia, Ilia.  Cultural Propaganda and Plans for a British University in the Near East.  Mediterranean Quarterly  27:3 (2016): 88-104.

(The Middle East and Turkey (excl. North Africa) - British Empire - Cultural Propaganda.) 

Author Abstract: This essay draws on archival documents to explore the British Empire's plans for establishing a university in the eastern Mediterranean in the 1930s. The British possessions in the region were at stake in the aftermath of the First World War. Since the early 1930s the Foreign Office had been eagerly planning the establishment of a university in the region in order to make the local elites familiar with Western culture. Egypt, Palestine, and Cyprus were considered the most likely locations for the institution. It is argued that cultural propaganda was perceived by the Foreign Office as an essential component of the empire's strategy and legitimacy in its sphere of influence. Although the project was eventually not realized due to the outbreak of the Second World War, its significance lies in the demonstration of the British grand strategy in the eastern Mediterranean during the interwar period.


Power, Margaret.  Puerto Rican Nationalism in Chicago.  Centro Journal XXVIII:II (2016): 36-67.

(The Americas - Puerto Rico, Chicago, disapora, transnational - Diasporic nationalism - Oral history - Textual analysis.) 

Author Abstract: This article explores Puerto Rican nationalism in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. It analyzes how, why, and by what means activists, born and raised in the diaspora and working with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, define themselves as members of the Puerto Rican nation. These activists’ identity embraces their reality in Chicago and reinforces their familial, socio-economic, cultural, historical, and political ties to the island. Their experiences, identities, choices, and realities expand and update the possibilities and conception of Puerto Rican nationalism in the twenty-first century. They define the Puerto Rican nation as territorially based on the island and including the now majority Puerto Rican population living in the disapora. [Key words: Chicago, nationalism, disapora, Puerto Rican Cultural Center]


Bourbonnais, Nicole C.  Birth Control in the Decolonizing Caribbean: Reproductive Politics and Practices on Four Islands, 1930-1970.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

(The Americas - Caribbean, British Empire - Gender and Nationalism - Sex, Reproduction, Race - Archival analysis.) 

Author Abstract: Over the course of the twentieth century, campaigns to increase access to modern birth control methods spread across the globe and fundamentally altered the way people thought about and mobilized around reproduction. This book explores how a variety of actors translated this movement into practice on four islands (Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and Bermuda) from the 1930s–70s. The process of decolonization during this period led to heightened clashes over imperial and national policy and brought local class, race, and gender tensions to the surface, making debates over reproductive practices particularly evocative. Birth Control in the Decolonizing Caribbean is at once a comparative political history, a history of transnational activism, and a social history, exploring the challenges faced by working class women as they tried to negotiate control over their reproductive lives within this heated context.


Stergar, Rok.  Illyrian Autochthonism and the Beginnings of South Slav Nationalisms in the West Balkans.  In In Search of Pre-Classical Antiquity: Rediscovering Ancient Peoples in Mediterranean Europe (19th and 20th c.), edited by Antonino De Francesco, 96-118. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2016.

(Europe (excl. Russia and the former Soviet Union) - Balkans, Habsburg Empire - Ethnic Nationalism - Ethno-Symbolism, Modernism.)      


Irfan, Anne.  Rejecting resettlement: the case of the Palestinians.  Forced Migration Review 54:0 (2017): 68-71.

(The Middle East and Turkey (excl. North Africa) - Middle East, Palestine, Israel - Diaspora Nationalism.)


Beatty, Aidan.  Masculinity and Nationhood in the East Clare By-Election, 1917.  Éire-Ireland 51:3&4 (2016): 141-164.

(Europe (excl. Russia and the former Soviet Union) - Ireland, Britain, British Empire - Masculinity.)


Beatty, Aidan.  Zionism and Irish Nationalism: Ideology and Identity on the Borders of Europe.  Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 45:2 (2017).

(Europe (excl. Russia and the former Soviet Union) - Ireland, Israel, Europe - Civic and Ethnic Nationalism, Postcolonial Nationalism - Comparative Nationalisms.) 

Author Abstract: This paper is a comparative cultural history of Zionism and Irish nationalism, focusing on themes of race, gender and identity. It seeks to highlight the strong similarities of both nationalist projects: to show how Zionists and Irish nationalists were both heavily invested in state-building projects that would disprove European racist stereotypes about their respective nations and yet, paradoxically, were also part of the general history of European nationalism. Both Zionism and Irish nationalism sought to create idealised images of the past and claimed to be rebuilding a glorious ancient society in the future as a means of escaping a degraded present. Both movements saw language revival as a key means of carrying out this ‘return to history’. And both emphasised martyrdom as a way to build up prideful ideals of devotion to the nation and used sport, militaries and agriculture as forms of nationalist social engineering. Despite their claims to the contrary, neither national movement was truly unique.


Nimijean, Richard, L. Pauline Rankin.  Marketing the Maple Leaf: The Curious Case of National Flag of Canada Day.  In Celebrating Canada. Volume I: Holidays, National Days, and the Crafting of Identities, edited by Matthew Hayday and Raymond Blake, 405-436. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.

(The Americas - nation branding, Canada, national identity, nationalism, flags, commemoration - banal and everyday nationalism.) 

Author Abstract: Since its inception in 1996 in the wake of the 1995 Quebec Referendum, successive federal governments have deployed National Flag of Canada Day to shore up Canadian unity and identity, promote Canadian nationalism and, more recently, to justify certain aspects of Canadian foreign policy. This commemorative holiday, however, remains relatively unacknowledged and unobserved by most Canadians, in stark contrast to other more celebrated national flag days. This chapter situates Flag Day as an integral element of the Chretien government’s development of a ‘domestic brand state’ (Nimijean 2014) designed to sell Canada both to its citizens and abroad. We illustrate how the perpetuation of celebrations that Canadians don’t actually celebrate can be explained only by analyzing the strategic role that such events play as part of nation branding on the international stage. Theoretically, the chapter revisits David Bell’s foundational work on Canadian political culture and the “the roots of disunity” associated with the failure to develop indigenous institutions and symbols and also draws on contemporary literature on nation branding and public diplomacy to frame the analysis.


Allweil, Yael.  Homeland: Zionism as Housing Regime, 1860-2011.  London: Routledge, 2017.

(The Middle East and Turkey (excl. North Africa) - Ottoman Empire, Zionism, Palestine, Israel - Nation building, planning, housing - Architecture and urban history - Architecture analysis, archival research.) 

Author Abstract: As Yael Allweil reveals in her fascinating book, housing has played a pivotal role in the history of nationalism and nation building in Israel-Palestine. She adopts the concept of ‘homeland’ to highlight how land and housing are central to both Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, and how the history of Zionist and Palestinian national housing have been inseparably intertwined from the introduction of the Ottoman Land Code in 1858 to the present day.

Following the Introduction, Part I, ‘Historiographies of Land Reform and Nationalism’, discusses the formation of nationalism as the direct result of the Ottoman land code of 1858. Part II, ‘Housing as Proto-Nationalism’ focuses on housing as the means to claim rights over the homeland. Part III, ‘Housing and Nation-Building in the Age of State Sovereignty’, explores the effects of statehood on national housing across several strata of Israeli society. The Afterword discusses housing as the quintessential object of agonistic conflict in Israel-Palestine, around which the Israeli polity is formed and reformed.