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Choosing Slovakia: Slavic Hungary, the Czechoslovak Language and Accidental Nationalism

Choosing Slovakia: Slavic Hungary, the Czechoslovak Language and Accidental Nationalism
Alexander Maxwell

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At the turn of the nineteenth century, Hungary was the site of a national awakening. While Hungarian-speaking Hungarians sought to assimilate Hungary's ethnic minorities into a new idea of nationhood, the country's Slavs instead imagined a proud multi-ethnic and multi-lingual state whose citizens could freely use their native languages. The Slavs saw themselves as Hungarian citizens speaking Pan-Slav and Czech dialects - and yet were the origins of what would become in the twentieth century a new Slovak nation. How then did Slovak nationalism emerge from multi-ethnic Hungarian loyalism, Czechoslovakism and Pan-Slavism? Here Alexander Maxwell presents the story of how and why Slovakia came to be.

Author Info

Alexander Maxwell is a historian, political scientist and linguist specialising in Czech and Slovak nationalism. He currently lectures in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Victoria, Universit of Wellington.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: International Library of Political Studies

ISBN: 9781848850743
Publication Date: 29 Sep 2009
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: Illustrations, maps

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