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Liberty and the Search for Identity

Liberal Nationalisms and the Legacy of Empires

The editor:
Iván Zoltán Dénes
is historian of ideas, has published seven books (including four monographs), several scholarly articles, edited and contributed in nine books, was awarded by the British Academy, the Fulbright Association, the International Exchange of Scholars, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study scholarships for studying. He is founder and president of the István Bibó Center for Advanced Studies, Budapest, and an elected member of the Academia Europaea, London.

Liberalism was not only the first modern ideology, it was also the first secular movement to have an international presence. The scholarly articles in this collection, skillfully edited by Iván Zoltán Dénes, examine liberal ideas and movements from Scotland to the Ottoman Empire. The volume seeks to uncover and analyze various relationships between liberalisms and nationalisms, national identities and modernity concepts, nations and empires, nation-states and nationalities, traditions and modernities, images of the self and the others, modernization strategies and identity creations.

This volume provides an important historical analysis that is essential toward understanding the questions and motivations of liberalism in the European Union today. This is, therefore, a timely contribution to both historiography and contemporary politics.

"This volume is a monumental undertaking. For that and for his valuable introduction to the volume, the editor deserves a great deal of credit. His attention to the ambiguous relationship between liberalism and nationalism is the historically appropriate approach. Generally, during the first half of the nineteenth century, liberalism and nationalism were mutually reinforcing; but by the second half of the century--and increasingly by the twentieth century--the concept of national unity could and did come into conflict with the liberal idea of pluralism, as did nationalist exclusivity with the idea of liberal tolerance. At the same time, the relationship between liberalism and nationalism was, by its very ambiguity, replete with bewildering variations and subtle nuances; and the rich and diverse material of the essays in the book seems to prove this point". - Austrian History Yearbook

"Das Buch hat eine lange Vorgeschichte. Enststanden ist ein 17 Beiträge umfassendes Werk zu den Modernisierungsvorstellungen, die sich mit Liberalismus und Nation in einer Vielzahl europäischer Staaten verbunden haben. Hinzu kommen eine kurze Einleitung des Hrsg.s und ein Vorwort von Michael Freeden.
Folgende Staaten werden berücksichtigt: Westeuropa mit Schottland und England, Niederlande und Belgien, Mitteleuropa mit Deutschland, konzentriert auf Preussen, Schweiz und die Hansburgermonarchie. Zu letzterer werden fünf Beiträge geboten: je einer zu den deutschösterreichischen, polnischen und tschechischen Liberalen sowie zwei Studien zu Ungarn. Das dritte Kapitel zu Ost- und Südosteuropa enthält sechs Studien. Zwei zu Russland, je eine zu Serbien, Rumänien und dem Osmanischen Reich bzw. der türkischen Republik, und schiesslich vergleicht Mishkova die entwicklungen in Serbien, Bulgarien und Rumänien. Alle Beiträge enden mite einem Verzeichnis weiterführender Literatur und publizierter Quellen." - Historische Zeitschrift


Micheal Freeden: Foreword; Editor's Preface; Iván Zoltán Dénes: Liberal Nationalisms: An Ambiguous Relationship; I. Western Europe 1. David McCrone: Scotland and England: Diverging Political Discourses; 2. Richard Finlay: Radical Liberalism and Nationalism in Mid-Victorian Scotland; 3. Henk te Velde: Dutch Liberals and Nineteenth-Century National Traditions; 4. Janet Polasky: The Belgian Revolutions, 1786-1830; II. Central Europe 1. Gábor Erdõdy: Unity or Liberty? German Liberalism Founding an Empire, 1850-79; 2. Albert Tanner: Switzerland: A European Model of Liberal Nationalism?; 3. Vilmos Heiszler: The Identity Problems of the Austro-German Liberals; 4. Iván Zoltán Dénes: Political Vocabulary of the Hungarian Liberals and Conservatives, 1790-1848; 5. Miklós Szabó: The Liberalism of the Hungarian Nobility (1825-1910); 6. Maciej Janowski: Marginal or Central? The Place of the Liberal Tradition in Nineteenth-Century Polish History; 7. Otto Urban: Czech Liberalism, 1848-1918; III. Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Southern Europe 1. Miklós Kun: The Inherent Burden of Russian Liberalism; 2. Alexander Semyonov: The Problem of Empire and Nation in Liberal Thought In Late Imperial Russia; 3. Imre Ress: The Value System of Serb Liberalism; 4. Diana Mishkova: The Interesting Anomaly of Balkan Liberalism; 5. Eyüp Özveren: In Defiance of History: Liberal and National Attributes of the Ottoman-Turkish Road to Modernity; Conclusion; Index

525 pages
ISBN 978-963-7326-44-8 cloth $55.95 / €46.95 / £40.00