How can a war between two communities start without those two communities being involved in a conflict that preexists the war? And how is it that these communities eventually make sense of the conflict as something that is deeply socially rooted? Anna Colin Lebedev, Professor of Sociology at the Université Paris Nanterre, gives her assessment of the social roots of the war between Russia and Ukraine.
- “Most empires, but also most nation states are multicultural. The problem with the nation state is that it claims to be the state of one group. But all nation states include many groups. So we must ask the question, how are the minority groups treated? Do they have full citizenship? Often they do not.” From ResetDOC’s latest video-interview to Pieter Judson, Professor of 19th and 20th century history at the European University Institute. It was shot on the margins of Reset DOC’s Dublin Conference 2023, “Nationalism, Nation-Building, and the Decline of Empires.”
- Without the necessary investments in refugees, the EU will have a long-term aid problem, especially by hosting with no future working opportunities
- Empires are generally pluralistic, multicultural, while the nation-states that follow generally desire uniformity, and are often more intolerant and tend to suppress or even dismiss differences. This is Pieter Judson’s thesis, analysed in our article.