An Introduction to Ernst Gellner’s Nations and Nationalism

Does a nation define a culture or members of a single political unit? A video summary of Ernst Gellner's Nations and Nationalism, part of a larger playlist about the world's greatest ideas, shares Gellner's definitions of nations and nationalism. The video highlights key points from the text and uses simple images to illustrate those points.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Talk about what nationalism would look like in a country such as the United States and its pros and cons
  • Compare a modern nation-state to a state comprised of multiple nations
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a basic understanding of industrialization

  • Features clear, well-paced narration that makes it easy for listeners to follow
  • Uses an analogy to help make Gellner's theory more accessible to modern viewers

  • Contains ads and pop-up text boxes that distract from content of video