Statehood Before and Beyond Ethnicity: Minor States in Northern and Eastern Europe, 1600-2000
Today's world is a world of nation-states; few have survived since the early modern period, some have existed for three hundred years, most came into being during the second part of the last century. Yet the equation between the state and the nation does not go back far in history, despite the prevailing tendency to view the state as closely linked to ethnicity.
To challenge the latter this book attempts to examine statehood separately from the concept of ethnicity; it asks what is non-ethnic about statehood by looking at 'statehood before and beyond ethnicity'. A non-ethnic statehood is analysed in two forms: as a historical phenomenon at the time of the emergence of the early modern state (Part One) and as a historical tradition which had been pursued by the nation-builders in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Part Two).
Instead of looking at great powers as traditional models of statehood, individual chapters focus on minor and less familiar states in Northern and Eastern Europe from the period c. 1600-2000, including Belgium, Bohemia, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Poland-Lithuania, Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden, Scotland and Transylvania.
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Questions of Ethnic and Civil Nationalism
National Ethnicity and the Modern State
Jean Bodins Six Books of the Commonwealth
The Idea of State and Nation in the Writings
Statehood Nationhood and Treason
Nationalist Arguments as Instruments
Transylvania Between the Ottoman
The Past of PolandLithuania
The Austrian State Idea
NationStates and Irredentism
Constructing the National Majority
From Ethnic Nationhood
A Nation That Failed to Be Ethnic
The Pillars of Nation Inside the Dutch State
National Days and NationBuilding
International Rivalry and State Identity
The Lombard League Traditions
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