project outlineVol. II of the Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Eastern Europe (1770 - 1945) texts and commentaries is edited by Assoc. Prof. Balázs Trencsényi.
67 texts, including hymns, manifestos, articles or extracts from lengthy studies examplify the relation between Romanticism and the national movements in the cultural space ranging from Poland to the Ottoman Empire. The Romantic discourse provided a key for a growing number of activists to 're-imagine' their national community, reaching beyond the traditional frameworks of identification (such as the 'political nation', regional patriotism, or Christian universalism). The collection focuses on the interplay of Romantic culture discourses and the shaping of national ideology throughout the 19th century, tracing the patterns of cultural transfer with Western Europe as well as the mimetic competition of national ideologies within the region.