Weekend Reading 06/11/2021

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H-Nationalism’s Weekend Reading series highlights recent and thought-provoking reviews, blog posts, brief articles, and op-eds.  Have something to say about something you read?  Feel free to respond here or contact David Prior (prior@mail.h-net.msu.edu) and Justin Collier (collierjustin@gmail.com) about writing a blogpost. Follow us on Twitter @HNationalism.


Dear All,


Variety has a piece on a prominent Chinese propaganda film set to premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival this week. Reuters published a story about the Chinese foreign ministry defending the value of cultural exchanges with Japan after Chinese intellectuals came under attack from nationalists online for attending events sponsored by the Japanese government. South China Morning Post also has a story about the angry reactions from nationalistic netizens to the academics who attended these exchanges in Japan. Newsweek has a piece on Chinese nationalists online mocking their government’s inaction to a recent visit by U.S. Senators' to Taiwan.

New York Daily News has a report covering the city council in Charlottesville, Va. unanimously voting to remove two statues of Confederate generals that sparked the deadly 2017 white nationalist rally. The National Interest has an opinion article on the growing dangers of a “new Balkanization” in America. VC Reporter has a story about a group of residents in California removing white supremacist propaganda posters and stickers.

Yahoo News published an article about how politics and nationalism are hampering global COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

BBC has a story about Israel's outgoing government approval of a flag march by Israeli nationalists through Jerusalem's Old City. 

Slate has an article looking at COVID relief donations going to a charity with ties to right-wing nationalism in India.

Ethiopia Insight published an article on Amhara nationalism at the polls in Ethiopia.

The Straits Times has a story looking at Russia's foreign ministry reaction to a demand from UEFA that Ukraine remove a "political" slogan from their jersey for the Euro 2020 football tournament. 

Realnoe vremya has a discussion about religion, nationalism, and the appropriateness for Muslims to be committed to an ethnic group.

The Star Kenya has a podcast discussing political stability in Kenya and the “cage of nationalism”.

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) has a blog post looking at a research project that focused on how different people discussed the nation’s borders and questions related to national identity.




Justin Collier


Dear All, 

A while back we had a subscriber email us expressing concern about one of the items we included in our Weekend Reading post, and in particular pointing out that the original source of the item was a marginal publication that likely had the backing of a foreign state. In essence, the subscriber pointed out, with evidence, that one item we had circulated in the weekend reading series could fairly be described as propaganda. We made sure to review the case and appreciate the subscriber writing in. In response to it, I wanted to note a few quick points. 

1) You can always reach out to us with your concerns. We're an all-volunteer organization, but we take our standards seriously and are happy to pause to look into issues like this. 

2) We will work to clarify our editorial header for the series to indicate that we are not endorsing the views of any of the items included in it--that's really on me to tighten up since I wrote the original one.

3) In general, we trust our readers, who are overwhelmingly scholars with expertise in nationalism studies, to read critically. We do of course include some items in the series that we see as less authoritative and compelling than others. We do our best to draw the line between informed opinions and pure polemics, but inevitably there is some gray area. The advice about this particular publication was well taken.  

4) Our comment feed on the series is always open to readers who have a critical perspective, as long as comments are directed at the thesis, logic, and evidence of a news story/op-ed/blog post (meaning not the character or intent of the author). Indeed, we see any such comments as deepening discourse in our field. Comments on our feed go out to our subscribers via email, and in that sense receive equal billing with original posts. 

With special thanks to all our contributors to the series, especially Justin!!

Best wishes, 

Dave Prior