New Books in the Arts & Sciences

Celebrating Recent Work by Andreas Wimmer

Tuesday, March 27, 2018  6:00pm Maison Francaise East Gallery, Buell Hall


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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


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