Sample International Relations Paper on Evaluating Resources

Thesis Statement

Factors that led to the emergence of the nation-state system in Europe include the decline of the long rule and pervasive influence of the Catholic Church; the expansion of literacy; the bubonic plague that saw people question allegiance and belief in the Catholic Church opting for the nation-state system; the national consciousness that was disseminated by propaganda; as well as the French and American revolutions that occurred towards the end of the eighteenth century.

Sources

Book

Campbell, Patricia J., Aran MacKinnon, and Christy R. Stevens. An Introduction to Global Studies. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

Summary

The authors of this book explore the concept of global studies with a focus on going global, the nation-state system, international organizations, human rights, the natural environment, population and consumption, infectious disease and globalization, the gendered world, information and communication technologies, war and violent conflict, as well as peace. The authors believe that some of the factors that led to the emergence of the nation-state system in Europe include the decline of the long rule and pervasive influence of the Catholic Church, the expansion of literacy, and the bubonic plague that saw people question allegiance and belief in the Catholic Church opting for the nation-state system.

Assessment

This source is current given its publication in 2010. It is of relevance as it gives insight into the nation-state system. The authors are qualified to write on the topic; Campbell is a Professor and Program Director for International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies at American Public University, Mackinnon is a Professor of History and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of West Georgia, and Stevens is the University Library’s Information Literacy Coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona. The source is also accurate and serves the purpose of giving insight into a number of global-related issues.

Reflection

The source’s arguments on the nation-state system and what led to the emergence of nation-state systems around the world particularly in Europe can shape my arguments on the topic.

Book Chapter

Habermas, Jürgen. “The European nation-state: On the Past and Future of Sovereignty and Citizenship.” Public Culture 10 (1998): 397-416.

Summary

The author explores the European nation-state system and opines that the emergence of the nation-state system in Europe is because of the national consciousness that was disseminated by propaganda.

Assessment

The source might not be up-to-date but it provides relevant information on the topic of the nation-state system. The author is qualified to write on the topic as he is well versed and conversant with the European Nation-State.  The source is also accurate and serves the primary purpose of defining the concepts of “nation” and “state.”

Reflection

The source’s arguments on the European nation-state system can shape my arguments on the topic. I can use the source to answer the question of the factors that led to the emergence of the nation-state system in Europe.

Scholarly Journal Articles

Geping, Niu. “A Model of the Modern Nation State: A Methodological Approach.” Core Ethics 6 (2010): 323-337.

Summary

The author explores the modern nation state with a focus on the characteristics of the modern nation state and a model of the modern nation state. The author opines that the nation-state system’s emergence is because of the aspect of colonization that saw Western powers draw and define physical boundaries for various states.

Assessment

The source is up-to-date and relevant to the context of the nation-state system. The author is qualified to write on the topic as he is part of a team completing a large research project on China’s political modernization. It is both accurate and serves the purpose of constructing a model of the modern nation state.

Reflection

That the source gives an overview of the model of the modern nation state and identifies what led to the emergence of the nation-state system around the world, particularly Europe, can shape my arguments on the topic.

Wimmer, Andreas, and Yuval Feinstein. “The Rise of the Nation-State across the World, 1816 to 2001.” American Sociological Review 75, no. 5 (2010): 764-790.

Summary

This source explores the rise of the nation-state system across the world between 1816 and 2001. The authors argue that the emergence of the nation-state system in the European continent can be attributed to the French and American revolutions that occurred towards the end of the eighteenth century.

Assessment

The source is up-to-date and of relevance to the nation-state system topic. The authors are qualified to write on the issue; Wimmer is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles whereas Feinstein is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The source is also accurate and serves the purpose of exploring the proliferation of the nation-state system across the world over the past 200 years.

Reflection

Since the source gives a reason behind the emergence of the nation-state system in Europe, I can use it to support my arguments on the topic.

 

 

Bibliography

Campbell, Patricia J., Aran MacKinnon, and Christy R. Stevens. An Introduction to Global Studies. John Wiley & Sons, 2010, http://ewclass.lecture.ub.ac.id/files/2014/09/Patricia_J._Campbell_Aran_MacKinnon_Christy_R._BookFi.org-1.pdf

Geping, Niu. “A Model of the Modern Nation State: A Methodological Approach.” Core Ethics 6 (2010): 323-337, http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/gr/gsce/ce/2010/ng01.pdf

Habermas, Jürgen. “The European nation-state: On the Past and Future of Sovereignty and Citizenship.” Public Culture 10 (1998): 397-416, https://is.muni.cz/el/1423/jaro2010/SOC763/um/lecture_11/11_1_11-Habermas.pdf

Wimmer, Andreas, and Yuval Feinstein. “The Rise of the Nation-State across the World, 1816 to 2001.” American Sociological Review 75, no. 5 (2010): 764-790., http://www.columbia.edu/~aw2951/WimmerFeinstein.pdf