Whose Love of Which Country?

Composite States, National Histories and Patriotic Discourses in Early Modern East Central Europe


Contributors to this volume seek to reconsider the heritage of discourses of patriotism and national allegiance in East Central Europe between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries. It results from an international research project, “The Intellectual History of Patriotism and the Legacy of Composite States in East Central Europe,” which brought together scholars to discuss the problem of patriotism in the light of the many levels of ethnic, cultural and political allegiances characterizing East Central Europe in early modern times. The authors analyze the complex process of the formation, reception and transmission of early modern discourses of collective identity in a regional context. Along these lines, the contributors also seek to reconfigure the geographical focus of scholarship on this topic and integrate the Eastern European contexts into the broader European discussion.

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Balázs Trencsényi Ph.D. (2004) in Comparative History, Central European University, is an Associate Professor at the History Department of CEU, Budapest, and co-director of Pasts, Inc., Center for Historical Studies at CEU. His main field of interest is the history of political thought in East Central Europe. In 2008 he received a European Research Council grant as principal investigator in the project “Negotiating Modernity”: History of Modern Political Thought in East-Central Europe. He has co-edited a number of volumes on political ideas and historiography in the region, including Nation-Building and Contested Identities: Romanian and Hungarian Case Studies (2001); Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1775-1945): Texts and Commentaries, Vols. I-II (2006-7); and Narratives Unbound: Historical Studies in Post-Communist Eastern Europe (2007). A collection of his studies on the history of political thought, A politika nyelvei [The languages of politics], has been published in Hungarian (2007).

Márton Zászkaliczky is a Ph.D. candidate at the History Department of Central European University, Budapest. His dissertation is entitled Protestant Political Theology and its Impact on Corporate Constitutionalism in 16th-17th century Hungary. His main field of interest is early modern political thought and the history of the Reformation, especially in Hungary, England and Scotland.
"[Whose Love of Which Country] not only maintains a high quality in the twenty-five studies which thematically cover the expanse of Central and East Central Europe from Poland, The Bohemian lands and Hungary through to the states of former Yugoslavia, Romania and Bulgaria, but also sustains a unifying theme - the perception of "nation" in the period before nineteenth-century nationalism, the time designated as the Early Modern Period. [...] [A] new foundation for future cooperation has been laid [...]." – Jiří Hrbek, Acta Comeniana, Vol. 25 (2011), pp. 306-316
"The volume [...] makes an important contribution to the research into a chronological and geographical sector of the history of political ideas that until very recently has been almost completely neglected." – Iva Manova, Universa. Recensioni di filosofia, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2011)
"Z pewnością znakomicie przysłuży się upowszechnianiu wiedzy o specyfice myśli środkowoeuropejskiej i jej miejscu w dorobku intelektualnym zachodniej cywilizacji…inspirujące wprowadzenie do opracowania wielu zagadnień związanych z wyobrażeniami na temat państwa i społeczeństwa.” – Patryk Sapala, Kwartalnik Historyczny, Vol. CXVIII, No. 4 (2011), pp. 743-751
Towards an intellectual history of patriotism in East Central Europe in the early modern period, Balázs Trencsényi and Márton Zászkaliczky


The reception of Erasmianism in Hungary and the contexts of the Erasmian program: The “cultural patriotism” of Benedek Komjáti, Pál Ács
Constructing the Wallach “other” in the late Renaissance, Gábor Almási
Humanist ethics and urban patriotism in Upper Hungary at the turn of the fifteenth-sixteenth centuries (Valentin Eck’s De reipublicae administratione), Farkas Gábor Kiss
Civic and ethnic discourses of identity in a city-state context: The case of Renaissance Ragusa, Lovro Kunčević
Strategies of distinction in the works of Vinko Pribojević, Domagoj Madunić
Indetermi-Nation: Narrative identity and symbolic politics in early modern Illyrism, Zrinka Blažević
Nation, patria and the aesthetics of existence: Late humanist national discourse and its rewriting by the modern Czech nationalist movement, Lucie Storchová
Citizen, fatherland and patriotism in the political discourse of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Anna Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz


Political humanism and corporate theory of state: Nation, patria and virtue in Hungarian political thought of the sixteenth century, Benedek Varga
The Hungarian roots of a Bohemian humanist: Johann Jessenius a Jessen and early modern national identity, Kees Teszelszky
Piety and Industry: Variations on patriotism in seventeenth-century Hungarian political thought, Hanna Orsolya Vincze
Illyria or what you will: Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli’s and Pavao Ritter Vitezović’s “mapping” of the borderlands recaptured from the Ottomans, Sándor Bene
Patres Patriae or Proditores Patriae? Legitimizing and de-legitimizing the authority of the provincial estates in seventeenth-century Bohemia, Petr Maťa
Forms of patriotism in the early modern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Stanisław Roszak
Two patriotisms? Opinions of townsmen and soldiers on duty to the fatherland in seventeenth-century Poland, Urszula Augustyniak


Patriotism and elect nationhood in early modern Hungarian political discourse, Balázs Trencsényi
The homiletics of political discourse: Martyrology as a (re)invented tradition in the paradigm of early modern Hungarian patriotism, Zsombor Tóth
Defending the Catholic enterprise: National sentiment, ethnic tensions, and the Jesuit mission in seventeenth-century Hungary, Regina Pörtner
Patria Lost and Chosen People: The case of seventeenth-century Bohemian Protestant exiles, Vladimír Urbánek
Patriotic and “proto-national” motives in late medieval and early modern Bulgarian literature: The contexts of Paisij Hilendarski, Alexander Nikolov


Modalities of enlightened monarchical patriotism in the mid-eighteenth century Habsburg Monarchy, Teodora Shek-Brnardić
Patriotic scholarship: The adaptation of state sciences in late eighteenth-century Transylvania, Zsuzsanna Borbála Török
Reflections on patriotism in Polish literature in the second half of the eighteenth century, Teresa Kostkiewiczowa
Republican and monarchical patriotism in Polish political thought during the Enlightenment, Arkadiusz Michał Stasiak
Das landespatriotische Programm der galizischen Stände um 1790: Von der polnischen Tradition zur Etablierung eines neuen Landespatriotismus, Miloš Řezník

Afterword, R.J.W. Evans

List of Contributors
All those interested in the history of early modern European political thought, collective identities, prehistory of modern nationalism in the ECE region, comparative European intellectual history.
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