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All of the papers are based on the contributors' own research in different parts of Europe, which adds a fresh perspective to the presentations ... Language and Nationalism in Europe is an exceptional collection of essays which should become essential reading for anyone interested in exploring the different roles language has played in the rise of nation-states in Europe. (Language)
Providing a useful introduction to how the linguistic map of Europe has altered over two millennia. (Nations and Nationalism)
A highly readable and insightful collection. (Political Studies)
This book gives an insight into why, historically, it has been so difficult to maintain a particular language and how some have even come to constitute a barrier to communication. (Times Higher Education Supplement)
This book examines the role of language in the present and past creation of social, cultural, and national identities in Europe. It considers the way in which language politics may sometimes reinforce national identity (as in France), or sometimes tend to undermine the nation-state (as in Spain). After an introduction describing the interactive roles of language, ethnicity, culture, and institutions in the character and formation of nationalism and national identity, the book considers their different manifestations throughout Europe. This is an accessible investigation of a subject of perennial importance in European culture and politics. It will be of equal interest to political scientists, historians, and sociolinguists.Chapters by leading scholars are devoted to Britain and Ireland; France; Spain and Portugal; Scandinavia, Iceland, and Finland; the Netherlands and Belgium; Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg; Italy; Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic; Bulgaria, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Albania, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, Macedonia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; Greece and Turkey; the Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Baltic States, and the Russian Federation. The book concludes with a consideration of the relative status of the languages of Europe and how these, and the identities they reflect, are changing and evolving. See all Product description
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From Iceland to the Caucasus, sytematically
19 April 2001 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not your typical edited volume of loosely connected contributions. It covers Europe systematically, from Iceland to the Caucasus and from Portugal to the Ural Mountains. Eleven chapters are dedicated to a specific country or region (the British Isles, France, the Iberian Peninsula, Northern Europe, the Low Countries, German-speaking Europe, Italy, Eastern Central Europe, the Balkans, Greece and European Turkey, and Russia). An introductory chapter defines concepts such as nationalism, ethnicity, language, and dialect with unusual clarity; and a concluding chapter provides some questions to ponder. There are 19 pages of references and an 11-page index. The eleven geographic chapters do an excellent job of presenting endlessly convoluted events concisely, without being superficial. They let facts prevail over interpretation, and still tie things together. They cover history as well as current issues, and are very well written and organized (except the chapter about the Balkans, which is as chaotic as the recent history of that part of Europe). In summary, this book offers a tremendous amount of thorough, yet accessible information on the linguistic variety which characterizes just about any country in Europe, and which continues to have strong social and political implications in all corners of the continent.
It Works Both Ways
17 December 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
A collection of essays considering the relationships between language and nationalism (relationships that definitely work both ways) in several European countries. Some essays are more interesting than others, but overall the book is well worth reading, for those interested in modern European history in particular.
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