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Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe 1770–1945 Vol. III/1


The Creation of Nation-States

The editors:
Ahmet Ersoy, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
Maciej Górny, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Vangelis Kechriotis, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

This is the first part of the third volume of the four-volume series, a daring project of CEU Press, presenting the most important texts that triggered and shaped the processes of nation-building in the many countries of Central and Southeast Europe. The aim is to confront ‘mainstream’ and seemingly successful national discourses with each other, thus creating a space for analyzing those narratives of identity which became institutionalized as “national canons.”

This is the first part of the third volume, containing 59 texts. This volume presents and illustrates the development of the ideologies of nation states, the “modern” successors of former empires. They exemplify the use modernist ideological framaeworks, from liberalism to socialism, in the context of the fundamental reconfiguration of the political system in this part of Europe between the 1860s and the 1930s. It also gives a panorama of the various solutions proposed for the national question in the region.

Why, modernism and not modernity? Modernity implies the West, while modernism was the product of the periphery. The editors use it in a stricter sense, giving it a place between romanticism and anti-modernism, spanning from the 1860s until the decade following World War I.


Introduction by Maria Todorova; Chapter I. Making of the modern state in a multi-national context; Chapter II. Self-determination, democratization, and the homogenizing state; Chapter III. “National projects” and their regional framework; Chapter IV. Federalism and the decline of the empires; Chapter V. Socialism and the nationality question;

(Texts by František Palacký, Adolph Fischhof, Jan Palárik, József Eötvös, Franjo Rački, Lovro Toman, Ferenc Deák, Aleksander Świętochowski, Mehmed-beg Kapetanović Ljubušak, Aleksa Šantić, Karl Renner, Josip Vilfan, Ziya Gökalp, Draga Dejanović, Kalliroi Parren, Maria Dulębianka, Pera Todorović, Stjepan Radić, Alexandros Papanastasiou, Faik Konitza, Halide Edib, Edvard Beneš, Tomáš G. Masaryk, Heinrich Friedjung, Yusuf Akçura, Jovan Cvijić, Ismail Qemali, Ivan Cankar Frano Supilo, Eleftherios Venizelos, Anton Strashimirov, Ján Lajčiak, István Bibó, Aurel C. Popovici, Oszkár Jászi, Prince Sabahaddin, Georgios Boussios, Milan Hodža, Anton Melik, Dimitar Mihalchev, Józef Piłsudski, Michal Römer, Hristo Botev, Svetozar Marković, Bohumír Šmeral, Constantin Dobrogeanu-Gherea, August Cesarec, Otto Bauer, Abraham Benaroya, Attila József, Michal Chorváth, Nazım Hikmet, Josip Broz Tito)

500 pages
ISBN 978-963-7326-61-5 cloth $55.00 / €38.00 / £32.00

Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe 1770–1945

Vol. I. Late Enlightenment – Emergence of the Modern 'National Idea'

Vol. II. National Romanticism – The Formation of National Movements

Vol. III/2 Modernism – Representations of National Culture

Vol. IV. Anti-modernism - Radical Revisions of Collective Identity

"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 Journal

"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." - H-Soz-u-Kult