Hungarian Historical Review

"Are we sure we can analytically distinguish national kingdoms from multinational empires? Anyone seeking an answer to questions of this sort will find a wealth of material in this significant volume. The volume edited by Stefan Berger and Alexei Miller, two eminent scholars of Germany’s and Russia’s modern history, sets out to challenge the empire-nation state dichotomy. It is not the first book to do so, but the scope of its argument is unprecedented. It is based on a number of insightful case studies, predictable ones on the British, French, Spanish, German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Empires, as well as surprising ones on Denmark and Venice. This mere list indicates that the conventional dichotomy of sea and land empires is also being quickly dissolved, with inspiring results. The main argument of the book can be summed up as follows: in all of the cases under discussion, nation resonated with empire. The two corresponded with each other and were far from mutually exclusive. The imperial context shaped the formation of the core nation (or two core nations in the case of the Habsburg Monarchy) and gave them a lasting imprint."
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Editor: 
Stefan Berger
Alexei Miller
ISBN: 
978-963-386-016-8
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$85.00 / €65.00 / £55.00