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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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Historical Writing in the Balkans

Historical Writing in the Balkans

(p.349) Chapter 17 Historical Writing in the Balkans
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Marius Turda

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at academic historical writing in the Balkans during the 19th century. Narratives connecting the past with the present and future were needed not only to explain the complicated political transformation of Balkans from Ottoman provinces into national states, but to provide historical arguments in the quest for authenticity and legitimacy. This chapter also indicates that the establishment of national universities throughout the Balkans engaged local historians in a complex national education, one centred on disseminating as widely as possible the theme of temporal, cultural, and biological continuity. This national education awakened not only an interest in the national past, but also a belief in the right and capacity of nations to determine their own political destiny.

Keywords:   Balkans, Ottoman, historical arguments, local historians, national past, continuity, political destiny

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