Political Theory

Liberty, Nationalism, and Secession


This colloquium explored the theoretical literature on nationalism and secession by discussing two historical case studies of secession: the American Civil War and the separation of Norway and Sweden.


Conference Readings

Washington, George. George Washington: A Collection. Edited by Allen, W.B. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1988.

Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg Lord. “Nationality.” Liberty Fund. http://oll.libertyfund.org (July 1, 2009).

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. London: Verso, 2006.

Bovard, James. Terrorism and Tyranny. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Buchanan, Allen. Secession: The Morality of Political Divorce from Fort Sumter to Lithuania and Quebec. Boulder: Westview, 1991.

Eland, Ivan. The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed. Oakland: Independent Institute, 2004.

Ernest Renan, "What is a Nation?." in Becoming National: A Reader, Edited by Geoff Eley and Grigor Suny, . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Gellner, Ernest. Nations and Nationalism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1983.

Horowitz, D.L., "A Right to Secede?." in NOMOS XLV: Secession and Self-Determination , Edited by Stephen Macedo and Allen E. Buchanan, 50-76. New York: New York University Press, 2004.

James Madison. "Letter to Alexander Rives, January 1833." Liberty Fund. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/1940/119379 (September 16, 2009).

Johnson, Chalmers. Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire. New York: Henry Holt, 2004.

Kukathas, Chandran. The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Kymlicka, Will, “Is Federalism a Viable Alternative to Secession?” In Theories of Secession, edited by Percy B. Lehning, 111-150. London: Routledge, 1998.

Mill, John Stuart. Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume XIX - Essays on Politics and Society. Edited by John M. Robson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1977 [1859]. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/234/16602 (accessed September 16, 2009).

Nordlund, Karl. The Swedish-Norwegian Union Crisis. Charleston: BiblioBazaar, 2007.

von Mises, Ludwig. "Liberal or Pacifistic Nationalism." Liberty Fund. http://oll.libertyfund.org (July 1, 2009).

von Mises, Ludwig. Nation, State, and Economy. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2006 [1919].http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/1819/109485 (accessed September 16, 2009).

Weaver, Richard M. “Two Orators.” Modern Age Volume 14, no. 3-4 (Summer/Fall 1970): 226-242.