Synopses & Reviews
The volume undertakes a comparative analysis of the various discursive traditions dealing with the connection between modernity and historicity in two 'small-culture' European regions: Southeastern and Northern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark). It seeks to reconstruct the ways in which different 'temporalities' and time horizons produced alternative representations of the past and the future, of continuity and discontinuity in a wide spectrum of twentieth-century social and political thinking about modernity and identity: how the ever-growing distance between experience and expectation shaped identity discourse and political action; how the 'politics of time' framed political languages in these regions. Above all, the book focuses on the ways in which these political traditions and languages of identity were shaped and interpreted by the different branches of the humanities and the newly formed social sciences. The volume calls for a rethink of the usual metaphors rooted in temporal dimensions that are used for non-core Western cultures, such as belatedness, asynchrony, backwardness, catching-up, and rebirth.
The volume undertakes a comparative analysis of the various discursive traditions dealing with the connection between modernity and historicity in Southeastern and Northern Europe, reconstructing the ways in which different "temporalities" produced alternative representations of the past and future, of continuity and discontinuity, and identity.
About the Author
Diana Mishkova is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Balkan History, and is Director for the Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia, Bulgaria.
BalázsTrencsényi is an Associate Professor at the Department of History of the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.
Marja Jalava is Academy Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland.
Table of Contents
PART I: HISTORICAL CULTURES AND CONCEPTS OF TIME
1. Regimes of 'Balkan Historicity': The Critical Turn and Regional Time in Studies of the Balkans Before the First World War; Diana Mishkova
2. Latecomers and Forerunners: Temporality, Historicity, and Modernity in Early 20th Century Finnish Historiography; Marja Jalava
3. Temporality and Identity in Danish Historical Discourse, 1900-1945: Danish Historians Writing Modernity; Claus Møller Jørgensen
4. Regimes of Historicity, Identity and Temporality in Montenegro, 1905-1945; Frantisek Sištek
5. Temporalization and Professionalization: The Case of Lauritz Weibull and the Swedish Discipline of History; Simon Larsson
PART II: THE IDEOLOGIES OF REGENERATION
6. Transcending Modernity: Agrarian Populist Visions of Collective Regeneration in Interwar East Central Europe; Balázs Trencsényi
7. Cooperative Modernity: Discursive Constructions of Social Order in the Bulgarian Cooperative Movement of the Interwar Period; Augusta Dimou
8. Revolutionary Change, Individualism, and Collectivism: Historicity in Anarchist Thinking and Its Socialist Critique in Early 20th Century Finland; Ralf Kauranen and Mikko Pollari
9. The Regimes of 'Degeneration' and 'Regeneration': Eugenics and Modernization in Bulgaria, 1900-1945; Gergana Mircheva
10. Generation, Regeneration and Discourses of Identity in the Intellectual Foundations of Romanian Fascism: The case of the AXA Group; Valentin Sandulescu
PART III: REPRESENTATIONS OF MODERNITY AND NATIONAL TEMPORALITIES
11. Regimes of Historicity and Discourses of Modernity: The Conceptualization of Past and Future in Swedish Social Sciences since the 1870s; Bo Stråth
12. Byzantium Evolutionized: Architectural History and National Identity in Turn-of-the-Century Serbia; Aleksandar Ignjatovic
13. Modernist Folklorism: Discourses on National Music in Greece and Turkey, 1900-1945; Merih Erol
14. The Past, Present, and Future of the Muslim Millet: Discourses of Modernity and Identity in Interwar Bulgaria, 1923-1939; Anna Mirkova
15. 'The Clash of Generations': The Identity Discourses of Romanian Jewish Intellectuals in the Interwar Period; Camelia Craciun
16. 'Historical Truth and the Realities of Blood': Romanian and Hungarian Narratives of National Belonging and the Case of the Moldavian Csangos, 1920-1945; Chris Davis