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'East-central Europe' was the troubled provinces of the Habsburg and Russian empires, often actively or passively insubordinate from the 1840s onwards; and it shaded into the northern Balkans, where Ottoman rule was likewise increasingly contested. The chief cause of instability in modern east-central Europe has, by common consent, been its nationalist movements and its nationality frictions, on collision course with each other and with existing regimes unwilling or unable to accommodate them. The symbols of estates' authority were correspondingly important, witness the role of the Holy Crown of Hungary as an organic metaphor for that country's noble community. The Polish terminology of territorial patriotism was particularly exclusive-dismissing most foreigners as 'subjects' to their purportedly arbitrary monarchs, as well as all non-nobles at home.

Keywords: modern east-central Europe; nationalist movements; Ottoman rule; territorial patriotism



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