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Regions in the History of Central Europe

by Sven Tagil

Publication Year: 1999

These studies of the development and constitution of Central Europe's spatial dimensions illustrate different attempts at establishing identity-structures. Some structures have a long continuity, others are comparatively new. In some new cases the identity has grown progressively from below and from within, while in others external forces and decisions from above have determined the territorial organization. To understand how ethnoterritorial identities arise as well as their potential impact, it is necessary to consult the historical record. This collection thus contributes to the understanding of some of the major trends in today's Europe.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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CONTENTS

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pp. v-viii

MAPS

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pp. ix-x

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EDITOR'S PREFACE

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pp. xi-xv

Today's European Union (EU) can be described as a far-reaching project designed to transform the continent. Peace, coordination and cohesion are to supersede Europe's traditional characteristics of discord and division. Throughout history, however, efforts to integrate the continent have all ultimately capitulated to the...

THE CO-AUTHORS

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pp. xvi-

PART ONE. THE IMPACT OF IMAGINATION HISTORY, TERRITORIALITY AND PERCEIVED AFFINITY

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THE IMPACT OF IMAGINATION: HISTORY, TERRITORIALITY AND PERCEIVED AFFINITY

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pp. 1-29

A territory is an area, large or small, a fragment of· the earth's surface, and the quest to control or possess it has always been a central characteristic of human behaviour. At the deepest level, land and some form of coinmand over an area of it have been...

PART TWO

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THE ROOTS OF IDENTITY: TERRITORIALITY IN EARLY CENTRAL EUROPEAN HISTORY

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pp. 30-52

The idea of the nation-state has occupied a central position in the evolution of the European states. This is true of both the states fonned during nineteenth and twentieth centuries according to the principle of self-determination, and the territorial states whose nation-and state-building processes date further back into...

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REGIONAL DEEP STRUCTURES IN THE GERMAN CULTURAL SPACE

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pp. 53-114

Within the framework of the gradual realisation of a 'Europe of the Regions' as the third level in the European Union (EU), issues concerning ongoing or new regionalisation processes (as in Italy and Sweden), together with the establishment of federal structures (as in Belgium), are becoming increasingly important...

PART THREE

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REGION, CULTURAL IDENTITY AND POLITICS IN THE LATE HABSBURG MONARCHY

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pp. 115-146

In today's perspective the organisation of Central Europe into nations appears self-evident, even natural. However, the origins of these nations lie in the political construction of national communities in the nineteenth century, when the complex patterns of languages and cultural identities were interpreted discursively...

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THE PRIMACY OF THE NATION AND REGIONAL IDENTITY

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pp. 147-177

The period 1918-21 was one of dramatic transformation in Europe. The most profound change was the emancipation of nations from the old dynastic system: emerging from it, those nations could now form their own states in accordance with the principle of...

PART FOUR

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REGIONS IN CENTRAL EUROPE UNDER COMMUNISM: A PALIMPSEST

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pp. 178-210

At the dissolution of the Soviet bloc, the problem, or task, facing the Central European states was seen as follows. They were to depart from the parenthesis that was the Soviet era, and from an anomalous societal condition, and return to Europe, which was...

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VIADRINA TO THE ODER-NEISSE LINE: HISTORICAL EVOLUTION AND THE PROSPECTS OF REGIONAL COOPERATION

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pp. 211-257

On 17 June 1991 the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) signed a friendship treaty with Poland. It emphasised the need for crossborder cooperation in an ever more integrated Europe, to promote closer relations between regions, cities and organisations on either...

INDEX

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pp. 259-270


E-ISBN-13: 9781612490564
E-ISBN-10: 1612490565
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557531865
Print-ISBN-10: 1557531862

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 1999

Series Title: Central European Studies
Series Editor Byline: Charles W. Ingrao, Gary B. Cohen, Franz Szabo