Of the readings this week, I found Bamyeh’s article the most interesting. He addressed globalization and its effect on nationalism. Globalization has become so evident that nationalism has generally given way to post nationalism, in which individual nations begin to identify on a global scale as opposed to separate entities. Post nationalism rose after the Second World War. Nationalism was pretty new to the 20th century, but as Bamyeh noticed, was one of the most devastating ideas humanity had faced due to all the destruction and war it caused. But with the rise of post nationalism, the globalized world has progressed and established multinational economies and organizations.
The most interesting part of Bamyeh’s article was his analysis of the contrast between American and Europe in regards to post nationalism. It is clear that America is still very nationalistic and asserts its own power in all parts of the world (as well as integrating itself into the global society) while Europe has dropped such strong nationalism and embraced post nationalism. It is interesting to follow the nationalistic development of these two regions. While Europe established transnational institutions after WWII which later evolved into the European Union, America persisted with their military after the Cold War and became a more hegemonic power. Why did Europe and America share such different fates? Do you think it's more geographic or because of their foreign affairs?