Revolution, Modus Vivendi, or Sovereignty?: The Political Thought of the Slovak National Movement from 1861 to 1914

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Columbia University Press, 15 ապր, 2014 թ. - 270 էջ
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This study, the first of its kind in English, presents an overview of Slovak intellectual history in the 19th century, including the debates surrounding the memorandum of 1861, the political stagnation of the 1880s, characterized by an increasingly Russophile orientation, and, finally, Czechoslovakism as the way to common independence with the Czechs.

The selected portraits of six intellectuals and politicians should be seen as a prism through which Slovak intellectual history appears in its various facets. The 'narodovci' (the pioneers of national awakening) tried to strengthen the Slovak nation in its attempts to secure the autonomy of its language and culture, and prevent assimilation by the Hungarians—which was a political issue. Some took part in the 1848 revolution, pursuing the goal of an autonomous Slovak district within the Habsburg Empire, while others opted for a modus vivendi with the ruling Hungarians. A third possibility was sovereignty, a common independent state with the Czechs. An introductory chapter deals with the political problem of assimilation and group rights in 19th-century Slovakia.

The analytical chapters focus on the intellectual discourse of the time, specifically on the influence of Western political ideas such as liberalism, constitutionalism, cultural rights, and nationalism. A further focus is on Slavic political ideas, such as the Slavic Renaissance, Slavic mutuality, and Panslavism. The volume is addressed to students of history, politics, and political theory and offers a unique insight into the political past of a young EU state whose recent language laws have drawn repeated international criticism. The author hopes that her analysis will help improve understanding of current Slovak politics.
 

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X Introduction
1
I Ján Francisci 1822 1905 Romanticism and Pragmatism
41
II Ján Palarík 1822 1870 Liberalism and Constitutionalism
63
III Štefan Marko Daxner 1822 1892 Law and education
87
IV František Víťazoslav Sasinek 1830 1914 History and eccentricity
125
V Svetozár Hurban Vajanský 1847 1916 MessianismPanslavism and the superiority of art
151
Conclusion
225
Bibliography
235
Index
251
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Josette Baer, PhD, is professor of political theory with a focus on Central and Eastern European political thought at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Zurich UZH, Switzerland.

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