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«September 2019»

Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Eastern Europe (1770 - 1945) Vol. I: Late Enlightenment - Emergence of the Modern 'National Idea'

Ahmet Ersoy, Maciej Górny, Vangelis Kechriotis, Michal Kopeček, Boyan Manchev, Balázs Trencsényi, Marius Turda
CEU Press, 2006


This series of four books, published by the Central European University Press, is the outcome of a long-term project called "Identity Reader" carried out by a group of scholars at the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia. It contains the most important texts that shaped the processes of nation-building in Central and Southeast Europe. The series aims to integrate the history of these cultures with that of general European civilization. Thus it counteracts the habit whereby European intellectual phenomena and historical movements are generally analyzed where they originated and experienced their earliest and most intensive development while the peculiar manifestations of these currents in the 'Other Europe' are neglected.

The structure of the book and its inherent comparative perspective endeavors to go beyond individual national histories and offer a regionally sensitive framework of interpretation. The pieces range from poems to essays, from (extracts of) academic treatises to letters. Each excerpt is accompanied by a presentation of the author, and by an analysis of the context in which the respective text was born.

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