Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, October 28, 2013

What is a country?

Heather Tafel, a professor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, posted a link to this really fine video introduction to the question, "What is a country?"

She asks, "Should I show this at the beginning of all my classes?"

I can't answer her question, but I think it would go very well with the introduction to comparative politics.

PS: Thanks, Heather Tafel.

How many countries are there?
How many countries are there? Easy: just grab a map and start counting, yes? No…

Go to the United Nations, find the room where the countries sit — each one with a little name tag — start counting and get an answer…

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