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Gabor Klaniczay, Balazs Trencsenyi, Gabor Gyani (eds.): The Historical Construction of National Consciousness

Co-edited by our researchers, Gabor Klaniczay, Balazs Trencsenyi, and Gabor Gyani (ELTE), the volume offers readers a rich selection of the depth and breadth of the legacy of Hungarian Historian Jeno Szucs.

The selection documents his seminal contribution to many contemporary debates in historical anthropology, nationalism studies, and conceptual history. It contains his key texts on the history of national consciousness and patterns of collective identity, as well as medieval and early modern political thought.

The works published here, most of them previously unavailable in English, provide a sophisticated analysis of a wide range of subjects from the myths of origins of Hungarians before Christianization to the political and religious ideology of the Dozsa peasant uprising in 1514, the medieval roots of civil society, or the revival of ethnic nationalism during the communist era.

The volume, with an introduction by the editors locating Szucs in a transnational context, offers a unique insight into the complex and sensitive debate on national identity in post-1945 East Central Europe.

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