Choosing Slovakia: Slavic Hungary, the Czechoslovak Language and Accidental Nationalism

Choosing Slovakia: Slavic Hungary, the Czechoslovak Language and Accidental Nationalism

by Alexander Maxwell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1848850743

ISBN-13: 9781848850743

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

At the turn of the nineteenth century, Hungary was the site of a national awakening. While Hungarian-speaking Hungarians sought to assimilate Hungary’s ethnic minorities into a new idea of nationhood, the country’s Slavs instead imagined a proud multi-ethnic and multi-lingual state whose citizens could freely use their native languages. The Slavs saw

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Overview

At the turn of the nineteenth century, Hungary was the site of a national awakening. While Hungarian-speaking Hungarians sought to assimilate Hungary’s ethnic minorities into a new idea of nationhood, the country’s Slavs instead imagined a proud multi-ethnic and multi-lingual state whose citizens could freely use their native languages. The Slavs saw themselves as Hungarian citizens speaking Pan-Slav and Czech dialects -- and yet were the origins of what would become in the twentieth century a new Slovak nation. How then did Slovak nationalism emerge from multi-ethnic Hungarian loyalism, Czechoslovakism and Pan-Slavism? Here Alexander Maxwell presents the story of how and why Slovakia came to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848850743
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Series:
International Library of Political Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

* List of Figures
• Note on Conventions
• Acknowledgements
• National Awakening and Contingency
• The Hungarian Context
• Hungaro-Slavism: Imagining a Slavic Hungary
• Slovak Theories of Dual Nationality
• The Slavic Language
• Linguistic Czechoslovakism Before 1843
• ?udovít Štúr and Slovak Tribalism
• The Dialect Argument and Slovak Literacy
• Czechoslovakia as a Slovakizing State
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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