The Remote Borderland: Transylvania in the Hungarian Imagination

The Remote Borderland: Transylvania in the Hungarian Imagination

by Laszlo Kurti
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791450244

ISBN-13: 9780791450246

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Explores how Transylvania figures in the Hungarian imagination and how this border region functions in the creation of national identity.

The Remote Borderland explores the significance of the contested region of Transylvania to the creation of Hungarian national identity. Author László Kürti illustrates the process by which European

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Explores how Transylvania figures in the Hungarian imagination and how this border region functions in the creation of national identity.

The Remote Borderland explores the significance of the contested region of Transylvania to the creation of Hungarian national identity. Author László Kürti illustrates the process by which European intellectuals, politicians, and artists locate their nation’s territory, embody it with meaning, and reassert its importance at various historical junctures. The book’s discussion of the contested and negotiated nature of nationality in its East Central European setting reveals cultural assumptions profoundly mortgaged to twentieth-century notions of home, nation, state, and people. The Remote Borderland shows that it is not only important to recognize that nations are imagined, but to note how and where they are imagined in order to truly understand the transformation of European societies during the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791450246
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
SUNY series in National Identities Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
259
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1 Introduction: Regions, Identities, and Remote Borderlands

2 Contesting the Past: The Historical Dimension of the Transylvanian Conflict

3 Fieldwork on Nationalism: Transylvania in the Ethnographic Imagination

4 Literary Contests: Populism, Transylvania, and National Identity

5 Transylvania between the Two Socialist States: Border and Diaspora Identities in the 1970s and 1980s

6 Youth and Political Action: The Dance-House Movement and Transylvania

7 Transylvania Reimagined: Democracy, Regionalism, and Post–Communist Identity

8 Conclusion: New Nations, Identities, and Regionalism in the New Europe

Notes
Index

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