[MGSA-L] New European book series, years in the making

Roland Moore roland at PREV.org
Tue Dec 23 07:08:11 PST 2014

From: Vangelis Kechriotis <vangelis.kechriotis at gmail.com<mailto:vangelis.kechriotis at gmail.com>>

Dear colleagues,
I would like to bring to your attention this series which was completed only recently, the product of a long, painstaking, meticulous, collaborate venture that lasted for fourteen years,

Vangelis Kechriotis,
History Department, Boğaziçi University
Istanbul, Turkey


Discourses of Collective Identity
in Central and Southeast Europe 1770–1945
Texts and Commentaries

Late Enlightenment – Emergence of the Modern 'National Idea'<http://www.ceupress.com/books/html/LateEnlightenment.htm>
Edited by Balázs Trencsényi and Michal Kopecek

National Romanticism – The Formation of National Movements<http://www.ceupress.com/books/html/NationalRomaniticism.htm>
Edited by Balázs Trencsényi and Michal Kopecek

Modernism – The Creation of Nation States<http://www.ceupress.com/books/html/Modernism-1-The-Creation-of-Nation-States.htm>
Edited by Ahmet Ersoy, Maciej Górny and Vangelis Kechriotis

Modernism – Representations of National Culture<http://www.ceupress.com/books/html/Modernism-2-Representations-of-National-Culture.htm>
Edited by Ahmet Ersoy, Maciej Górny and Vangelis Kechriotis

Anti-Modernism – Radical Revisions of Collective Identity<http://www.ceupress.com/books/html/Anti-Modernism.htm>
Edited by Diana Mishkova, Marius Turda and Balázs Trencsényi






Editorial Committee: Ahmet Ersoy, Maciej Gorny, Vangelis Kechriotis, Michal Kopecek, Boyan Manchev, Diana Mishkova, Balázs Trencsényi, Marius Turda

This series, a daring project by CEU Press, presents the most important texts that triggered and shaped the processes of nation-building in the many countries of Central and Southeast Europe. The series brings together scholars from Austria, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey. The editors have created a new interpretative synthesis that challenges the self-centered and "isolationist" historical narratives and educational canons prevalent in the region, in the spirit of "coming to terms with the past."
The main aim of the venture is to confront 'mainstream' and seemingly successful national discourses with each other, thus creating a space for analyzing those narratives of identity which became institutionalized as "national canons." The series will broaden the field of possible comparisons of the respective national cultures.
Each text is accompanied by a presentation of the author, and by an analysis of the context in which the respective text was born.

"The editors hope to overcome two tendencies. The first tendency is to treat the 'process of creating national identity in Central and Southeast Europe' as something exceptional. The editors very much reject the idea of studying these cultures only in terms of themselves. However, they also reject any notion of explaining these cultures by comparing them to an ideal Western type: 'we sought to abandon the 'Platonic' image dividing the continent in two ontologically incompatible worlds: the transcendent world of the Real – the Occident, and its ontologically inferior imitation – the Orient, the 'Remainder of Europe'. The editors of this series very much succeed in their attempt to get readers to look across national boundaries when studying the region. The multitude of languages required by any scholar to pursue cross-cultural comparisons in the region is no doubt a discouragement to many. By taking the time to provide the documents in English translation in one central collection, the editors have done much to facilitate the breaking down of traditional boundaries." - Slavic and East European Journal

"This intelligently chosen and extremely useful anthology provides insight into the
way narratives of national identity were shaped in the region noted in the book's title.
Items include such richly varied materials as anthems, songs, constitutions, manifestos, novels, correspondence, autobiographical materials, and contemporary historical narratives.
Each item is accompanied by information on the author and context as well as bibliographical material. Summing up: Highly recommended. All levels and libraries." - Choice

"Discourses of Collective Identity bietet eine eindrucksvolle Lektüre und sei auch solchen Lesern empfohlen, die sich jenseits der ostmittel-, südosteuropäischen Area Studies für Nationalismusforschung interessieren. Für jene Regionalstudien bedeutet er einen gewichtigen Versuch, das Feld für eine kritische Ideengeschichte zurückzugewinnen, nachdem besonders für Südosteuropa ethnologisch-anthropologische, kultur- und sozialgeschichtliche Fragestellungen in letzter Zeit eine dominierende Stellung einnehmen." - H-Soz-u-Kult<http://www.ceupress.com/books/html/%3Chttp://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2008-1-047%3E>

Series ISBN 978-963-7326-51-6 ö

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