National Populism in Eastern Europe

While the Latin American and North American origins of the current populist political trends are well-known, the relationship between the nineteenth century East European tradition of populism, its transformation in the twentieth century, and the current resurgence of populism in the region remains an understudied problem. While national populism is conventionally considered as a variety of authoritarian nationalism, its complex relationship with various ideological trends and social movements (including liberal, socialist, and anarchist) is often ignored. This course will address these issues and explore the intellectual, social and cultural history of broadly defined national populism as a specific East European phenomenon. In particular, it will trace down the long-lasting entanglement of populism and nationalism in the region.