Discourses of Collective Identity
in Central and Southeast Europe 1770–1945 Vol.
Radical Revisions of Collective Identity
Diana Mishkova, Center for Advanced Study Sofia
Marius Turda, Oxford Brookes University
Balázs Trencsényi, Central European University
The last volume of the series presents 46 texts under the heading of “anti-modernism”. Formed in a dynamic relationship with modernism, from the 1880s to the 1940s, and especially during the interwar period, the anti-modernist ideological constructions of national identification had a considerable impact on the political culture of our region. These texts rejected the linear vision of modernization as well as the liberal democratic institutional frameworks and searched instead for alternative models of politics. The Second World War and the communist takeover in most of these countries seemingly erased these ideological subcultures, who were often engaged in war-time pro-Nazi collaboration. However, their intellectual heritage proved more resilient and influenced the formation of “national communist” narratives in the 1960-70s, while after 1989 many of these references became actualized in the context of the post-communist search for ideological predecessors.
"This volume, as the entire series, is a challenging collection of essential primary sources, accompanied by introductory essays and contextual analyses in the best senses of the term: their high level of scholarship demands the intelligent engagement of the reader throughout; it invites the educated elites of Eastern Europe to throw away the crutch of myth and half-truth when promoting or interrogating their unique national identity; it demands that scholars working in the Western humanities rethink widely-held assumptions about ‘Eastern Europe, what constitutes conservatism and progressiveness, and the idea of a ‘normal’ path to a liberal modernity. The introduction proposes a concept of ‘anti-modernism’ to categorize phenomena in Eastern Europe that may be difficult to grasp for those whose path to liberal democracy has not been blocked by decades of totalitarianism, since they evoke an atavistic rootedness (conservativism) but in a paradoxically futural spirit (modernism). As a result, the reader of whatever cultural background emerges with a more lucid feel for what it means to be Eastern European, modern, and human after the End of History." - Professor Roger Griffin, Oxford Brookes University
Acknowledgements; Introduction by Balázs Trencsényi and Sorin Antohi; Chapter I.
Integral Nationalism; Chapter II. The Crisis of the European Conscience; Chapter III. In Search of a National Ontology; Chapter IV. Conservative Redefinitions of Tradition and Modernity; Chapter V. The Anti-Modernist Revolution; Basic secondary literature on identity discourses in Central and
Southeast Europe; Glossary; Index
Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe 1770–1945, Volume IV.
ISBN 978-963-7326-62-2 cloth
$60.00 / €45.00 / £38.00
"Anti-modernism, as well as the entire four-volume enterprise, is an invaluable tool for those who want to do comparative work on the region but do not know where to start. The book certainly paves the way for future, similar projects by setting such a high standard. The potential audience for this volume goes beyond the academic realm. It would be ideal for undergraduate and graduate classes on comparative modern European history. It can be read to great avail by anyone interested in the evolution of Central and Eastern Europe between the 1880s and 1945 and the shaping of collective identities in this region, which involved processes that continue to have historical consequences to the present day." - The Hungarian Historical Review
of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast
Vol. I. Late Enlightenment – Emergence of the
Modern 'National Idea'
Vol.II. National Romanticism – The Formation of
III/1 Modernism – The Creation of Nation-States
Vol. III/2 Modernism – Representations of National Culture
"The collection does an admirable
job of addressing multiple audiences. One could imagine
these texts being used to great effect in an undergraduate
course and, although the contexts would likely be too
dense for students at this level, they would make the
volume well suited to a graduate course. The series
could just as easily be used by scholars well-versed
in the intellectual history of one or more of the areas
represented who are looking to broaden the context of
their understanding." - Slavic and East European
"Discourses of Collective Identity bietet
eine eindrucksvolle Lektüre und sei auch solchen
Lesern empfohlen, die sich jenseits der ostmittel-,
südosteuropäischen Area Studies für
Nationalismusforschung interessieren. Für jene
Regionalstudien bedeutet er einen gewichtigen Versuch,
das Feld für eine kritische Ideengeschichte zurückzugewinnen,
nachdem besonders für Südosteuropa ethnologisch-anthropologische,
kultur- und sozialgeschichtliche Fragestellungen in
letzter Zeit eine dominierende Stellung einnehmen."