Liberty and the Search for Identity: Liberal Nationalisms and the Legacy of Empires

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Central European University Press, 2006 - Philosophy - 509 pages
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Liberalism was not only the first modern ideology, it was also the first secular movement to have an international presence. The scholarly articles in this collection, skillfully edited by Ivan Z. Denes, examine liberal ideas and movements from Scotland to the Ottoman Empire. The volume seeks to uncover and analyze various relationships between liberalisms and nationalisms, national identities and modernity concepts, nations and empires, nation-states and nationalities, traditions and modernities, images of the self and the others, modernization strategies and identity creations. This volume provides an important historical analysis that is essential toward understanding the questions and motivations of liberalism in the European Union today. This is, therefore, a timely contribution to both historiography and contemporary politics. From these studies we gain a number of important insights not only into the variety of liberal nationalisms, but also into the unity and diversity of European history.
 

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Contents

An Ambiguous Relationship
1
I Western Europe
19
Diverging Political Discourses
21
Radical Liberalism and Nationalism in MidVictorian Scotland
37
Dutch Liberals and NineteenthCentury National Traditions
55
Revolutionary Belgium 17861830
75
II Central Europe
89
German Liberalism Founding an Empire 185079
91
The Place of the Liberal Tradition in NineteenthCentury Polish History
239
Czech Liberalism 18481918
273
III Eastern Europe the Balkans and Southern Europe
309
The Inherent Burden of Russian Liberalism
311
Empire and Nation in Russian Liberal Thought
329
The Value System of Serb Liberalism
345
Varieties of Romanian Liberal Nationalism
367
The Interesting Anomaly of Balkan Liberalism
399

a European Model of Liberal Nationalism?
109
The Identity Problems of the AustroGerman Liberals
139
Political Vocabularies of the Hungarian Liberals and Conservatives before 1848
155
The Liberalism of the Hungarian Nobility 18251910
197
Liberal and National Attributes of the OttomanTurkish Path to Modernity
457
List of Contributors
501
Index of Names
503
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About the author (2006)

Iván Zoltán Dénes is historian of ideas, has published seven books (including four monographs), several scholarly articles, edited and contributed in nine books, was awarded by the British Academy, the Fulbright Association, the International Exchange of Scholars, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study scholarships for studying.

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