Discourses of Collective Identity
in Central and Eastern Europe (1770 - 1945)
texts and commentaries
Late Enlightenment - Emergence of the Modern 'National Idea'
Balazs Trencsenyi is Assistant Professor of History at the Central European University, Budapest.
Michal Kopeček is Research Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History, Prague.
This book contains 44 texts from national cultures that now occupy over a dozen modern European states from Albania to Poland. The present volume is covering the Enlightenment period of these cultures, ranging roughly from late-18th to mid-19th century. It proves that the shades of nineteenth-century nationalism in East Central Europe can be traced back to what was, apparently, unprejudiced quest to unite the talents and commitments of men as reasonable and sociable beings in the service of improvement.
Created by the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia, 2006