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This front matter section of this book titled Whose Love of Which Country? contains the table of contents. The book seeks to reconsider the heritage of early modern discourses of patriotism and national allegiance in East Central Europe. In the last thirty years, the question of early modern collective identities has become a crucial topic of research in the history of political ideas, breaking through the conflict between "primordialists" and "social constructivists" and leading to more text- and context-sensitive approaches. It has a twofold agenda. On the one hand, it seeks to correct the absence of reliable East Central European case studies and in doing so, reconfigure the geographical focus of scholarship on this topic. On the other hand, it introduces themes and methods stemming from Western European academic contexts into the research on collective identities and political discourses in East Central Europe.

Keywords: East Central Europe; patriotism; social constructivist



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