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We, the people

Politics of National Peculiarity in Southeastern Europe

edited by: Diana Mishkova
published by
: Central European University Press
pp: 392
ISBN: 978-963-9776-28-9
price: € 42.95

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Analyzes the processes of nation-building in nineteenth and early-twentieth-century south-eastern Europe. A product of transnational comparative teamwork, this collection represents a coordinated interpretation based on ten varied academic cultures and traditions.

The originality of the approach lies in a combination of three factors: [a] seeing nation-building as a process that is to a large extent driven by intellectuals and writers, rather than just a side effect of infrastructural modernization processes; [b] looking at the regional, cross-border ramifications of these processes (rather than in a rigid single-country-by-country perspective) and [c] looking at the autonomous role of intellectuals in these areas, rather than just seeing south-eastern Europe as an appendix to Europe-at-large, passively undergoing European influences.

The essays explore the political instrumentalization of the concepts of folk, people and ethnos in South-Eastern Europe in the “long 19th century” by mapping the discursive and institutional itineraries through which this set of notions became a focal point of cultural and political thought in various national contexts; a process that coincided with the emergence of political modernity.

 

Table of contents

Introduction
 
Part I. Ethnos and Citizens: Versions of Cultural-Political Construction of Identity
Alexander Vezenkov, Reconciliation of the Spirits and Fusion of the Interests: “Ottomanism” as an Identity Politics
Kinga-Koretta Sata, The People Incorporated: Constructions of the Nation in Transylvanian Romanian Liberalism, 1838-1848
Tchavdar Marinov, “We, the Macedonians”: The Paths of Macedonian Supra-Nationalism (1878-1912)
Balázs Trencsényi, History and Character: Visions of National Peculiarity in the Romanian Political Discourse of the Nineteenth Century
 
Part II. Nationalization of Sciences and the Definitions of the Folk
Dessislava Lilova, Barbarians, Civilized People and Bulgarians: Definition of Identity in Textbooks and the Press (1830-1878)
Levente Szabó, Narrating ’the People’ and ’Disciplining’ the Folk: the Constitution of the Hungarian Ethnographic Discipline and the Touristic Movements (1870-1900)
Stefan Detchev, Who are the Bulgarians? “Race”, Science and Politics in Fin-de-Siècle Bulgaria
Călin Cotoi, Imagining of National Spaces in Interwar Romania. The Emergence of Geopolitics
 
Part III. The Canon-Builders
Bojan Aleksov, Jovan Jovanović Zmaj and the Serbian Identity between Poetry and History
Artan Puto, “Ottoman” or “Western”: Two Version of Albanianness at the turn of the 19th century
Bülent Bilmez, A Contested Nation-Builder: Þemseddin Sami Frashëri (1850-1904) and the Construction of Albanian and Turkish Nations

Notes on the Contributors
 
Index


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