Thursday 15 March 2018, 12:15 - 13:30

Book Launch - The Nationalism of the Rich: Discourses and Strategies of Separatist Parties in Catalonia, Flanders, Northern Italy and Scotland

Emmanuel Dalle Mulle, Research Fellow, The Graduate Institute

Room S7
Maison de la paix, Geneva

Moderator: Andre Liebich, Honorary Professor of International History and Politics

The presentation will address the 'nationalism of the rich', defined as a type of nationalist discourse that seeks to end the economic 'exploitation' suffered by a group of people represented as a wealthy nation and supposedly carried out by the populations of poorer regions and/or by inefficient state administrations. Nationalism of the rich represents a new phenomenon peculiar to societies that have created complex systems of wealth redistribution and adopted economic growth as the main principle of government legitimacy. It can be seen as a rhetorical strategy portraying independent statehood as a solution to the dilemma between solidarity and efficiency in Western Europe since the end of the Glorious Thirties.

Emmanuel Dalle Mulle is a post-doctoral researcher at the Graduate Institute and is currently working on a reseach project entitled 'The Myth of Homogeneity: Minority Protection and Assimilation in Western Europe, 1919-1939'. His research interests include ethnicity and nationalism, Western European history, minorities, nation-building and the history of the welfare state.

Following the presentation, there will be a cocktail party in the cafeteria, sponsored by the Fondation Pierre du Bois, pour l'histoire du temps présent.