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This is the introduction chapter of the book, Inventing Luxembourg, which shows that the dominant narrative is highly contingent and depends on the social context of its writing. It points at a variety of interpretations of the past and opens thus a field of possibilities. The main focus of the book is on the 'classical' master narrative and, as far as language is concerned, on Luxembourgish rather than trilingualism. This does not mean that the author considers Luxembourgish to be more important than trilingualism-quite the opposite-but he believes that the connection between nationalisation and language is so significant for the evolution of society in the present that it seems appropriate to prioritise its analysis. The book focuses on two central concepts: particularism and Mischkultur (mixed culture).

Keywords: Luxembourgish; Mischkultur; particularism; socialist internationalism; trilingualism

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