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Towards An Intellectual History Of Patriotism In East Central Europe In The Early Modern Period

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This chapter 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". A major project which recently tackled the emergence of patriotism in the Western European context made a conscious but regrettable choice of leaving out Eastern Europe as a whole. The chapter challenges this reductionist image and draws attention to various intellectual configurations stemming from European research. It seeks to correct the absence of reliable East Central European case studies and reconfigures the geographical focus of scholarship on this topic. The chapter introduces themes and methods stemming from Western European academic contexts into the research on collective identities and political discourses in East Central Europe.

Keywords: early modern patriotism; East Central Europe; intellectual history



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