Liberty and the Search for Identity
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.
The Editor's Preface
Iván Z. Dénes: The Ambiguous Relationship of Liberalism and Nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe
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: Liberal Nationalism and the Brabant Revolutions
II. Central Europe
1. Gábor Erdődy: 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: Empire and Nation in the History of Russian Liberalism
3. Imre Ress: The Value System of Serb Liberalism
4. Daniel Barbu - Cristian Preda: Building the State from the Roof Down. Varieties of Romanian Liberal Nationalism
5. Diana Mishkova: The Interesting Anomaly of Balkan Liberalism
6. Eyüp Özveren: In Defiance of History: Liberal and National Attributes of the Ottoman-Turkish Road to Modernity