Romantic Nationalism in Eastern Europe: Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian Political Imaginations

Romantic Nationalism in Eastern Europe: Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian Political Imaginations

Romantic Nationalism in Eastern Europe: Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian Political Imaginations

Romantic Nationalism in Eastern Europe: Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian Political Imaginations

Synopsis

This book explores the political imagination of Eastern Europe in the 1830s and 1840s, when Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian intellectuals came to identify themselves as belonging to communities known as nations or nationalities. Bilenky approaches this topic from a transnational perspective, revealing the ways in which modern Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian nationalities were formed and refashioned through the challenges they presented to one another, both as neighboring communities and as minorities within a given community. Further, all three nations defined themselves as a result of their interactions with the Russian and Austrian empires. Fueled by the Romantic search for national roots, they developed a number of separate yet often overlapping and inclusive senses of national identity, thereby producing myriad versions of Russianness, Polishness, and Ukrainianness.

Excerpt

This study explores the political imagination of the East European intelligentsia in the 1830s—1840s; in particular, the patterns by which intellectuals imagined communities known as nations or nationalities. Put another way, this book deals with the representation of nation-ness in Eastern Europe, a vision and division of geographic, symbolic, and social space, which eventually resulted in the unmaking of some national projects and the making of others. I will explore the ways in which the modern Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian nationalities were mapped during the Romantic period, the territory of present-day Ukraine being the geographical setting of their encounter. Yet this territorial setting, however important it could be for the analysis of the spatial imagination of the East European intelligentsia, does not define the entire national imagination or identity politics of major Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian intellectuals. the focus of this book are the visions of national community by intellectuals from different lands of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the contemporary Russian Empire rather than any specific territory per se. This is to say, the Polish-Ukrainian-Russian encounter was not limited to a specific territory but took place in a rather symbolic space of nationalist discourses. the territory of the interaction is less important than its discursive content.

In a sense, my work is another effort to trace the national reconstruction of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth within the framework of imperial Russia. That reconstruction meant the making of the Ukrainian nationality (in imagined and institutional realms) and the . . .

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