This volume represents the first in a series of four books, a daring project by CEU Press, which presents the most important texts that triggered and shaped the processes of nation-building in the many countries of Central and Southeast Europe. The series brings together scholars from Austria, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey. The editors have created a new interpretative synthesis that challenges the self-centered and "isolationist" historical narratives and educational canons prevalent in the region, in the spirit of "coming to terms with the past." The main aim of the venture is to confront 'mainstream' and seemingly successful national discourses with each other, thus creating a space for analyzing those narratives of identity which became institutionalized as "national canons." The series will broaden the field of possible comparisons of the respective national cultures. Each text is accompanied by a presentation of the author, and by an analysis of the context in which the respective text was born.
Balazs Trencsenyi is Assistant Professor of History at the Central European University, Budapest. Michal Kopecek, Ph.D. is Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History, Prague.
Acknowledgments General Introduction: Inter-texts of identity Introduction: Kontler: The Enlightenment in Central Europe? Kitromilides: The Enlightenment in Southeast Europe Chapter I. The Transformation of Symbolic Geography (9 texts) Chapter II. Cultural and Historiographical Narratives of Identity (11 texts) Chapter III. Creating an Enlightened National Public (10 texts) Chapter IV. Reform and Revolution: Formatting the Enlightened Polity (14 texts)