The origins of Slovak nationalism lie in the Kingdom of Hungary. During the era of national awakening, when Hungarian-speaking Hungarians tried to assimilate Hungary's ethnic minorities, Hungarian Slavs instead imagined a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual state whose citizens could freely speak their native languages. They also imagined themselves as speakers of a Pan-Slavic language, and often as speakers of a Czech dialect of the Slavic language. 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.
About the Author
Alexander Maxwell is a senior lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and director of the Antipodean East European Study Group. He is also the author of Patriots Against Fashion: European Sartorial Nationalism in Europe's Age of Revolutions (2014).
Table of Contents
* List of Figures
• Note on Conventions
• 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