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Oct 28 2019 - 05:08pm
Everett Cafe News: On Nationalism Or the Next Stage of History

Nationalism as a God must follow the tribal gods to limbo. Our true nationality is mankind. How far will modern men lay hold upon and identify themselves with this necessity and set themselves to revise their ideas, remake their institutions, and educate the com- ing generations to this final extension of citizenship? 

— HG Wells, Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind, Ch. 40, "The Next Stage of History"

One may ask what G. Liebscher's painting of Ross sewing the American flag (circa 1908) has to do with Nationalism -- a concept certainly not to be confused with Patriotism. It is rather the calm expression on Betsy's rosy face, not to mention the gorgeous colors, that invite my attention -- and help set a patient, promising tone for understanding our rich national identity, and indeed the identities of other countries. As Betsy sews the first stitches, so we take the baby civic steps.

In the process, we stumble across H.G, Wells, science fiction writer, historian, and futurist thinker who prompts us to look at our overarching humanity, rather than our set beliefs and notions -- most of which leave us dangling, without deeper knowledge or shared vision. At Teachers College we are fastened together by the spirit of learning and the multiple ways it plays out, classroom to cafe, and in so doing we are hopeful in embracing the spirit of our common humanity.

From the Know Nothings to the Trump era, our country has grappled with the push and pull of Nationalism, a movement that raises complex issues by its tangled presentation of civic, cultural, ethnic, religious, and ideologic lines, typically self-defined and free from outside influence or interference. We are rooted in a nation of many peoples, a melting pot, a deep confluence of diverse citizens.

So, with the resurgence of the term in recent years and elections looming, we examine Nationalism from both an historical perspective and also one impacted by Globalism. What does real loyalty and devotion to one's country mean; how we can best define our national consciousness; and can liberty -- minus power, prestige, and dislike of other countries -- still manifest in openness to other nations?

On display in Everett Cafe through November, On Nationalism or the Next Stage of History presents seminal works that examine different dimensions of this complex topic. The exhibit is curated by staff of the Gottesman Libraries and designed by Edlab. You can peruse select titles and even design your own flag, drawing inspiration from the multitude of mini country flags waving slightly atop the books.

The following resources can be checked out at the first floor Library Services Desk and may circulate for a couple of weeks at time.

Beals, Carleton. Brass Knuckle Crusade: The Great Know-Nothing Conspiracy, 1820-1860. New York: Hastings House, 1960.

Cafe JK2341.A6 B4 1960

Bremmer, Ian. Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism. New York: Portfolio/Penguin Random, 2018.

Cafe JZ1318 .B738 2018 

Eatwell, Roger. National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy. London: Penguin Random House, 2018.

Cafe JC423 .E13 2018

Fukuyama, Francis. End of History and the Last Man. New York: Free Press, 2006.

Cafe D16.8 .F85 2006

Hazony, Yoram. The Virtue of Nationalism. New York: Basic Books, 2018.

Cafe JC311 .H374 2018

Judis, John B. The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization. New York: Columbia Global Reports, Columbia University, 2018.

Cafe JC311 .J73 2018

Lepore, Jill. This America: The Case for the Nation. New York: Liveright, 2019.

Cafe E183 .L46 2019

Lilla, Mark. The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction. New York: New York Review Books, 2016.

Cafe JA71 .L55 2016

Mandelbaum, Seymour J. The Social Setting of Intolerance: The Know-Nothings, the Red Scare, and McCarthyism. Chicago: Scott Foresman, [1964].

Cafe E183.9 .M3 1964

Norris, Pippa. Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Populism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Cafe JC423 .N6599 2018

Smith, Anthony. Nationalism: Theory, Ideology, History. Cambridge, U.K.: Polity Press, 2010.

Cafe JC311 .S5392 2010

Tamir, Yael. Why Nationalism? Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018.

Cafe JC311 .T36 2019

Turley, Stephen. The New Nationalism: How the Populist Right is Defeating Globalism and Awakening a New Political Order. Scotts Valley, CA: CreateSpace, 2018.

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At the Everett News Cafe, you'll find a new book collection every few weeks that relates to current affairs, education, or learning environments.