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Late Enlightenment

Emergence of the Modern 'National Idea'

Edited by Balázs Trencsényi, Michal Kopecek

Publication Year: 2006

This volume represents the first in a four-volume series , a daring project by CEU Press which 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 of "coming to terms with the past."

Published by: Central European University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv


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pp. vi

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

First of all, we would like to thank Diana Mishkova who supported the project from the beginning and has helped us far beyond the scope commonly expected from the director of a hosting institution to bring these volumes to completion. We are also extremely grateful to the entire staff...

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Inter-texts of identity

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pp. 1-32

The history of this ‘Reader’ goes back to a meeting of a group of young scholars at the Balkan Summer University in Plovdiv in 1999. The lively interaction and debates engendered by this occasion highlighted the necessity of creating a common regional framework of intercultural dialogue. A year later, meeting in the same place...

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Introduction: László Kontler: The Enlightenment in Central Europe?1

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pp. 33-53

The question mark at the end of my title is intended as a reminder of the, still, problematic nature of these terms, especially when used in combination with one another. Happily, the editors save me the effort of explicating the second one: heuristically, ‘Central Europe’ here stands for what was once the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Habsburg Monarchy...

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Chapter I. The Transformation of Symbolic Geography

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pp. 55-124

Ivan Lovrić (Giovanni Lovrich) [ca. 1756, Sinj (It. Sign, Dalmatia) – 1777, Sinj]: writer, ethnographer and student of medicine. He was born into a well-to-do merchant family in the Dalmatian town of Sinj and sent by his family to study linguistics and philosophy in Venice and afterwards medicine in Padua. He died at an early age in the midst of his medical studies after having published his chief work...

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Chapter II. Cultural and Historiographical Narratives of Identity

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pp. 125-193

Joseph Freiherr von Sonnenfels [ca. 1732, Nikolsburg (Cz. Mikulov, presentday Czech Republic) – 1817, Vienna]: politician and legal scholar. Sonnenfels was the son of a Jewish rabbi, Lipman Perlin, who moved from Berlin to Nikolsburg and converted to Catholicism. Eventually, the family settled down in Vienna. Sonnenfels was educated at the Piarist College in Nikolsburg, and from 1745 to 1749 continued his studies in Vienna. ...

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Chapter III. Creating an Enlightened National Public

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pp. 195-262

Alois Blumauer [1755, Steyr (Upper Austria) – 1798, Vienna]: writer and journalist. He was educated by the Jesuits and became a member of their order. When the Society of Jesus was dissolved in 1773, Blumauer was left impoverished. During the last years of Maria Theresa’s reign he settled in Vienna, where he aligned himself with the reformists and found influential patrons. ...

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Chapter IV. Reform and Revolution: Formatting the Enlightened Polity

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pp. 263-351

Joseph Richter [1749, Vienna – 1813, Vienna]: writer and journalist. He came from a family of modest social standing (his father was a kitchenware dealer). He received his primary and secondary education in Vienna. Initially he inclined towards a business career but soon abandoned this path in favor of journalism. His first poetic work, Gedichte zweier Freunde (Poems of two friends)...

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E-ISBN-13: 9786155053849
Print-ISBN-13: 9789637326523

Page Count: 357
Publication Year: 2006