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A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central EuropeVolume I: Negotiating Modernity in the 'Long Nineteenth Century'$
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Balázs Trencsényi, Maciej Janowski, Monika Baar, Maria Falina, and Michal Kopecek

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198737148

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737148.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe
Author(s):

Balázs Trencsényi

Maciej Janowski

Mónika Baár

Maria Falina

Michal Kopeček

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737148.003.0001

The Introduction provides an overview of the methodological and interpretative perspectives of the book. It argues that it is impossible to construct a narration of East Central European intellectual history without the necessary layer of—often asymmetric—comparative references to the broader European context, as well as to the various imperial (Habsburg, Ottoman, Romanov, and Hohenzollern) and post-imperial frameworks. At the same time, rather than projecting Western European historical narratives and analytical categories onto the whole continent, it pleads for developing a regional interpretative framework, without, however, turning it into a “regionalist” narrative, that is, essentializing East Central Europe as a self-containing and self-explanatory historical entity. Avoiding such an essentialist view is important, since even within the region in different cultural configurations the processes of ideological reception and appropriation unfolded according to markedly different rhythms. Along these lines, the introduction formulates the program of a context-sensitive and flexible understanding of “political modernity,” formed as a result of multi-directional transfers and transcultural “negotiations.

Keywords:   political thought, transnational history, comparative method, intellectual history, contextualism, modernity, East Central Europe, Western Europe

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