The East-West Discourse: Symbolic Geography and Its Consequences
Peter Lang, 2011 - History - 229 pages
Political actors from many different countries locate their home country as a unique transition point between «the East» and «the West». The terms «east» and «west» have become highly symbolic, yet also have a relative meaning, since every place is east of somewhere, and west of somewhere else. What gives this banal cliché such irresistible attraction? How does East-West symbolism interact with other symbolic geographies? This book examines East-West rhetoric in several different historical contexts, seeking to problematize its implicit assumptions and analyse its consequences, particularly in parts of Europe where political actors conflate local geography with symbolic «Easts» and «Wests».
The various contributions to the book provide an overview of East-West discourses in scholarly writing; trace the medieval origins of European East-West symbolism; and discuss East-West discourses in nineteenth-century Germany, interwar Poland, Yugoslavia and Transylvania, twentieth-century Finland, Turkey in the late Cold War and post-Communist Belarus.
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Aleksandar Alexander Antichrist apocalyptic argued August von Kotzebue Balkans Bassermann became Belarus Belarusian Belarusian national Belgrade bridge between East bulwark century civilization civilizational claims Croatia Croats cultural Cywilizacja dictatorship dominant Dzieje Rosji East and West East Begins East-West dichotomy East-West discourse Eastern Europe Empire ethnic Feliks Koneczny Finland Finnish Foreign Affairs German Habsburg Hamilton Fish Armstrong Hungarian Hungarian and Saxon Hungary idea ideology influence intellectuals Islam Joachim Joachimist King Klingsor Koneczny's Kotzebue Last World Emperor Latin liberal logos a ethos London Maciej Giertych Maria Todorova McGinn metaphor modern nationalist Old Kingdom orientation Ottoman Peace and Counterpeace Peasant Europe Plurality of Civilisations Poland Poles Polish political polskiej prophecies region role Roman Russia Saxon Transylvanianists Saxons and Hungarians Serbian Serbs Seton-Watson Siebenbiirgen Slavic Soviet struggle symbolic geography threat Tiltman tion tradition Transylvanian Romanians Transylvanian Saxon Turanian Turkey Turkey's Turkish Visions Western Yugoslav Yugoslavia