After the collapse of communism there was a widespread fear that nationalism would pose a serious threat to the development of liberal democracy in the countries of central Europe. This book examines the role of nationalism in post-communist development in central Europe, focusing in particular on Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It argues that a certain type of nationalism, that is liberal nationalism, has positively influenced the process of postcommunist transition towards the emerging liberal democratic order.
'A fine and useful book; his thesis, that nationalism, when liberal, isn't a threat to democracy or minorities, and actually helps the nation building, is an important counter to the blanket condemnations of nationalism by other writers.' - Professor Andrew Oldenquist, Ohio State University
'The book by Stefan Auer belongs to the very rare kind in the studies of East Central Europe. It is based on first-hand knowledge of the problems of postcommunist societies and shows deep understanding of the intellectual and political debates, which have been going on in East Central Europe since 1989. It makes many very important points that could contribute to revision of some widespread simplistic convictions about nationalism in that region. Anyone who is interested in East Central Europe and in the problems of nationalisms, studied without prejudices and ideological bias, should read this book.' - Professor Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, Universitat Berlin