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Imagined Empires

Tracing Imperial Nationalism in Eastern and Southeastern Europe

The Balkans offer classic examples of how empires imagine they can transform themselves into national states (Ottomanism) and how nation-states project themselves into future empires (as with the Greek "Great Idea" and the Serbian "Načertaniye"). By examining the interaction between these two aspirations this volume sheds light on the ideological prerequisites for the emergence of Balkan nationalisms.

With a balance between historical and literary contributions, the focus is on the ideological hybridity of the new national identities and on the effects of "imperial nationalisms" on the emerging Balkan nationalisms. The authors of the twelve essays reveal the relation between empire and nation-state, proceeding from the observation that many of the new nation-states acquired some imperial features and behaved as empires. This original and stimulating approach reveals the imperialistic nature of so-called ethnic or cultural nationalism.

About the Author

Dimitris Stamatopoulos is Associate Professor at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.


"There is a lot to praise about this important scholarly volume – the international composition of the contributors; the wide geographic, temporal and thematic scope; the careful and balanced relationship between the thematic and geographic foci; the stimulating analytical framework and the intriguing cross-references and resonances throughout the volume. The volume's powerful thematic statement – that hybridity characterizes the process of national formation in its political and cultural manifestations – provides a strong arc that consistently weaves the disparate contributions together."—Simeon Simeonov, Études balkaniques"Once revered and unquestioned, over the last decades, the way the past was imagined and narrated has been heavily criticized—first by Western-based scholars and lately by local students. The contributions of the edited volume Imagined Empires, besides bringing a fresh breeze to the study of nationalism in the Balkans, belong to this latter wave. Through a series of comparisons, the authors expose an open-ended space of connectivity and circulation of ideas and programs between the actors and promoters of the region's nationalist movements. The collection of essays has some fascinating contributions that shed more light on the history of the Balkans as a region that, notwithstanding its specificities, its past can be explained as part of Europe and the Mediterranean."https://doi.org/10.5325/hiperboreea.10.1.0119—Artan Hoxha, Hiperboreea
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