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East European Nationalism, Politics and Religion
     

East European Nationalism, Politics and Religion

by Peter F. Sugar
 
The multi-national region of Europe situated between the German-speaking lands and those of the former Soviet Union has witnessed many varied manifestations of nationalism over the last two centuries. Professor Sugar has been in the forefront of those seeking to understand and explain these Eastern European nationalisms, and eleven of his essays on the subject are

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The multi-national region of Europe situated between the German-speaking lands and those of the former Soviet Union has witnessed many varied manifestations of nationalism over the last two centuries. Professor Sugar has been in the forefront of those seeking to understand and explain these Eastern European nationalisms, and eleven of his essays on the subject are included in this second selection of his studies. The first two essays deal with problems of ethnicity and its specific manifestations in the region; the next three present the growth of national antagonisms during the 19th century. The third, and longest, section then sets out to examine the interaction of fully developed nationalism in Eastern Europe with the various political movements and religious organizations that impacted upon these lands.

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Eleven papers from 1972-98 represent the career of a Hungarian-born US scholar (pictured without affiliation given), recognized as "one of the first American scholars to promote the study of Eastern Europe in America." Despite the lack of consensus on even basic terms like "ethnic group" or "nationalism," Sugar analyzes 19th and 20th century manifestations of these phenomena in a region itself not definitively demarcated. The author introduces the area's thematic "fault lines": Western vs. Eastern Christianity vs. Islam, domination by a strong nobility or lack of such social structure, the length of foreign rule, industrialization status, and the urban-rural dichotomy. He concludes that Eastern Europe must dissociate loyal citizenship from ethnic- linguistic conformity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860788065
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Series:
Variorum Collected Studies Series
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 5.91(h) x 0.87(d)

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