Global Waves of Nationalism

Capitalism, Geopolitics and State Formation in the Longue Durée

My current book project concentrates on the relationship between historical capitalism and state-seeking nationalist movements in world history from 14th century to present. This book explain the complex inter-relationship between macro-structural dynamics of historical capitalism, international warfare, social revolutions and state-seeking nationalist movements. Contrary to much of the literature which predicted that the decline of nationalism would go hand-in-hand with the advance of capitalism, I show how state-seeking nationalism has followed a cyclical pattern (successively rising and declining) over the longue durée of capitalist history. The comparative-historical analysis utilized in the book also aims to provides an explanation for transformations over time in the form of state-seeking movements–from religious in the long 16th century to secular-democratic in the late 18th century and from ethno-nationalist in the 19th century to new emergent forms in the early 21st century–and how this evolutionary pattern is linked to the rise and decline of world hegemonies. The book also introduces a new major dataset of state-seeking movements in world history.

Some of my current publications on this theme are as follows:



Karatasli, Sahan S. (2018).Political Economy of Secession: Global Waves of State-Seeking Nationalism,1492 to Present” in A. Bergesen & C. Suter (eds.) The Return of Geopolitics. Zurich: Lit, pp.69-95



Karatasli, S. S. & Kumral, S. (2017) “Territorial Contradictions of the Rise of China: Geopolitics, Nationalism and Hegemony in Comparative-Historical Perspective” Journal of World Systems Research 23(1): 5-35



Karatasli, S. S. (2016) Communal Patriotism, Civic Nationalism and City-State Chauvinism: Transformation of Collective Identities in Northern Italy, 1050-1500International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society. 29(1), pp.73-101


chssaveKaratasli, S. S. (2014) “World Hegemonic Crises and Rising Tides of Secessionism“, Trajectories (Comparative-Historical Section of the ASA), vol26(1), pp.85-89


bjs2Karatasli, S. S. & Kumral, S. (2013). “Financialization and International (Dis)Order: A Comparative Analysis of John Hobson and Karl Polanyi“, Berkeley Journal of Sociology. Vol 57 (1): Critical Approaches to Financialization, pp.40-73


Karatasli, S. S.; Aktas, F.; Fidan, M.; Senturk, S. (2012). “Fragments of Nations and Nationalisms: Towards a Typology of 21st Century Nationalisms”, International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol 4(1), pp. 325-334