A magyar nacionalizmus gyökerei : nemzeti diskurzusok a 18. század végén

Almási Gábor and Šubarić Lav: A magyar nacionalizmus gyökerei : nemzeti diskurzusok a 18. század végén. In: Aetas, (35) 2. pp. 66-103. (2020)

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This paper examines the origins of Hungarian nationalism in the Kingdom of Hungary. Its main thesis is that nationalism (as a political discourse and not as a mass movement) emerged in Hungary more suddenly, more radically and earlier than previously thought. We argue that the power of nationalism in shaping culture, society, politics and identity may best be understood through an analysis of the conceptual arsenal, the rhetorical strategies and dynamics of the new discourse of nation and nationhood, which suddenly emerged in the early 1790s. We claim that it is the sudden appeal of these political discourses that needs to be explained first: how could they successfully overwrite earlier discourses? How did they gain social, political, and cultural legitimacy? How did they relate to the Enlightenment? To provide answers to these questions, we first point out the ambiguity and fluidity of new concepts, such as nation, language, fatherland, patriot, foreigner etc. These new, key concepts in political discourse provided innovative and independent sources of political legitimation. They served as keystones, on the basis of which the framework of politics could be rewritten. They made an easy entry into politics also because they were rooted in more familiar, earlier political discourses. However, for the success of nationalism as a political paradigm (which remained relatively unchanged in the coming century), the new discourses of nation also needed to make attractive ideological propositions and project positive visions of the future. The main body of the paper shows how these propositions, all aiming fundamentally at public happiness, targeted at a variety of audiences.

Item Type: Article
Other title: The origins of Hungarian nationalism : discourse about nationhood at the end of the 18th century
Heading title: Tanulmányok
Journal or Publication Title: Aetas
Date: 2020
Volume: 35
Number: 2
ISSN: 0237-7934
Page Range: pp. 66-103
Language: Hungarian, English
Related URLs: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/71889
Uncontrolled Keywords: Magyarország története - 18. sz. vége
Additional Information: Bibliogr. a lábjegyzetekben ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.01. History and archaeology
Date Deposited: 2021. Feb. 04. 10:21
Last Modified: 2023. Mar. 21. 19:21
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/71915

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