The multi-national region of Europe situated between the German-speaking lands and those of the former Soviet Union has witnessed many varied manifestations of nationalism over the last two centuries. Professor Sugar has been in the forefront of those seeking to understand and explain these Eastern European nationalisms, and eleven of his essays on the subject are included in this second selection of his studies. The first two essays deal with problems of ethnicity and its specific manifestations in the region; the next three present the growth of national antagonisms during the 19th century. The third, and longest, section then sets out to examine the interaction of fully developed nationalism in Eastern Europe with the various political movements and religious organizations that impacted upon these lands.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Nationalism and Ethnicity: Introduction; From ethnicity to nationalism and back again; Ethnicity in Eastern Europe; Nineteenth-Century Manifestations: Introduction; The problems of nationalism in Eastern Europe: past and present; Government and minorities in Austria-Hungary - different policies with the same result; Austria-Hungary and the Balkan crisis: an ingenious improvisation; Interaction with Politics and Religion:Introduction; Continuity and change in Eastern European authoritarianism:autocracy, fascism and communism; Fascism in interwar Eastern Europe: the dichotomy of power and influence; The historical role of religious institutions in Eastern Europe and their place in the Communist Party-State; Nationalism and religion in the Balkans since the 19th century; Religion, nationalism and politics in East-Central Europe; Eastern European nationalism in the 20th century; Index.
'The book is a fitting capstone for a scholar who did as much as any, and more than most, to shape the field of East European history... The volume provides a fine introduction to some of the basic issues relating to nationalism in Eastern Europe, a topic with which Sugar has long been closely identified.' The Slavonic and East European Review 'Peter Sugar has delighted and informed scholars for over forty years. It is fitting that a number of his more important essays should be brought together in one volume, not least because it gives an indication of the breadth and depth of his scholarship and learning.' The International History Review