The essays in Nationalizing Empires want to overcome the strict dichotomy between empire and nation state that has dominated historiography for decades. Their main focus is nation-building in the imperial core. The authors in the volume subscribe to the concept that the nineteenth century was not the age of nation-states: rather it has to be described as the age of empires and nationalism. A number of historical examples have been identified where nation building projects in the imperial metropolis aimed at the preservation and extension of empires rather than at their dissolution or the transformation of entire empires into nation states. Such observations have until recently largely escaped theoretical reflection. The collection of essays written by outstanding scholars of the field cover a wide range of topics and case studies both from western and from eastern European history with a focus on the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Alexei Miller is recurrent visiting professor at Central European University, Budapest; senior research fellow at the Institute for Scientific Information in Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow Stefan Berger is director of the Institute of Social History, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany
Contents: Introduction: Building Nations In and With Empires - a Re-assessment 'A World Empire, Sea-Girt' The British Empire, State and Nations, 1780-1914 THE FIRST NAPOLEONIC EMPIRE, 1799-1815 Colonialism and Nation-Building in Modern France Nation-Building and Regional Integration: The Case of the Spanish Empire (1700-1914) Building the Nation Among Visions of German Empire The Romanov Empire and the Russian Nation The Habsburg Monarchy (1804 - 1918) Imperial Cohesion, Nation-Building and Regional Integration Modernization, Imperial Nationalism, and the Ethnicization of Confessional Identity in the Late Ottoman Empire Nation-Building and Nationalism in the Oldenburg Empire Empire, city, nation: Venice's imperial past and the 'making of Italians' from unification to fascism Comments European Old Regime and the Imperial Question: A Modernist View at a Contemporary Question. Empires and their Core territories on the Eve of 1914: A Comment "Imperial Nationalism" as Challenge for the Study of Nationalizing Imperial Armies. A Comparative and Transnational Study of Three Empires Multi-Ethnic Empires and Nation-Building: Comparative Perspectives on the late Nineteenth Century and the First World War