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

Texts and Commentaries

Late Enlightenment – Emergence of the Modern 'National Idea'
Edited by Balázs Trencsényi and Michal Kopecek

National Romanticism – The Formation of National Movements
Edited by Balázs Trencsényi and Michal Kopecek

Modernism – The Creation of Nation States
Edited by Ahmet Ersoy, Maciej Górny and Vangelis Kechriotis

Modernism – Representations of National Culture
Edited by Ahmet Ersoy, Maciej Górny and Vangelis Kechriotis

Anti-Modernism – Radical Revisions of Collective Identity
Edited by Diana Mishkova, Marius Turda and Balázs Trencsényi

 

Editorial Committee: Ahmet Ersoy, Maciej Gorny, Vangelis Kechriotis, Michal Kopecek, Boyan Manchev, Diana Mishkova, Balázs Trencsényi, Marius Turda

This series, a daring project by CEU Press, presents the most important texts that triggered and shaped the processes of nation-building in the many countries of Central and Southeast Europe. The series brings together scholars from Austria, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey. The editors have created a new interpretative synthesis that challenges the self-centered and "isolationist" historical narratives and educational canons prevalent in the region, in the spirit of "coming to terms with the past."
The main aim of the venture 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." The series will broaden the field of possible comparisons of the respective national cultures.
Each text is accompanied by a presentation of the author, and by an analysis of the context in which the respective text was born.

"The editors hope to overcome two tendencies. The first tendency is to treat the 'process of creating national identity in Central and Southeast Europe' as something exceptional. The editors very much reject the idea of studying these cultures only in terms of themselves. However, they also reject any notion of explaining these cultures by comparing them to an ideal Western type: 'we sought to abandon the 'Platonic' image dividing the continent in two ontologically incompatible worlds: the transcendent world of the Real – the Occident, and its ontologically inferior imitation – the Orient, the 'Remainder of Europe'. The editors of this series very much succeed in their attempt to get readers to look across national boundaries when studying the region. The multitude of languages required by any scholar to pursue cross-cultural comparisons in the region is no doubt a discouragement to many. By taking the time to provide the documents in English translation in one central collection, the editors have done much to facilitate the breaking down of traditional boundaries." - Slavic and East European Journal

"The linguistic diversity of Europe (to stay within the limits of our continent) makes it culturally rich; yet, how hard-to-attain this cultural wealth sometimes is! This becomes particularly relevant when it comes to a content that is complicated and related to things of personal importance to people. And such is the case with problems of collective identity – particularly, national questions – that have been arousing strong emotion from time immemorial, attracting interest of numerous researchers in several last decades.
While these problems cannot possibly be completely helped, they can be alleviated. Entering into international – that is, English-language – scientific circulation at least a selection (even if just samples) of original reference texts, not quite accessible due to the language barrier (among other factors), is one possible method.
A task of this sort was undertaken a dozen years ago by a multinational team of young researchers who enjoyed institutional support from the Centre for Advanced Study in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Central European University of Budapest, Hungary.
Their publications describe the shaping of collective identities under imperial and post-imperial conditions – ‘collective’ actually meaning, in this particular case, ‘national’. The nationalist narratives whereby nation is a ‘natural’ and ‘perennial’ entity, are deeply rooted in the central-eastern part of our continent. The authors endeavour to demonstrate the ways along which such discourses and complexes of ideas or concepts developed." - Acta Poloniae Historica

"This intelligently chosen and extremely useful anthology provides insight into the way narratives of national identity were shaped in the region noted in the book's title.
Items include such richly varied materials as anthems, songs, constitutions, manifestos, novels, correspondence, autobiographical materials, and contemporary historical narratives.
Each item is accompanied by information on the author and context as well as bibliographical material. Summing up: Highly recommended. All levels and libraries." - Choice

"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

Series ISBN 978-963-7326-51-6 ö

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