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Romantic Nationalism in Eastern EuropeRussian, Polish, and Ukrainian Political Imaginations$
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Serhiy Bilenky

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778060

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778060.001.0001

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Making One Nationality Through the Unmaking of Others

Making One Nationality Through the Unmaking of Others


(p.253) 6 Making One Nationality Through the Unmaking of Others
Romantic Nationalism in Eastern Europe
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This chapter examines the case of Ukraine, which illustrates how the making of a so-called “small nation” meant the simultaneous unmaking or transformation of another, already existing, nation. During this process, the old (“big”) nation was split into two or more new nations, which also included an old one. The latter, despite preserving the name of an “old,” “big,” or “historical” nation was in reality a new community. This approach allows us to treat the making of Ukraine, Slovakia, or Bohemia as an aspect of the transformation of the Polish, Russian, Hungarian, and German premodern “nations.”

Keywords:   nationality, nationalism, small nation, premodern nations, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Bohemia

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