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Narrated Empires Perceptions of Late Habsburg and Ottoman Multinationalism


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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 02/2022
Edizione: 1st ed. 2021


This book examines the role of imperial narratives of multinationalism as alternative ideologies to nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East from the revolutions of 1848 up to the defeat and subsequent downfall of the Habsburg and Ottoman empires in 1918. During this period, both empires struggled against a rising tide of nationalism to legitimise their own diversity of ethnicities, languages and religions. Contributors scrutinise the various narratives of identity that they developed, supported, encouraged or unwittingly created and left behind for posterity as they tried to keep up with the changing political realities of modernity. 

Beyond simplified notions of enforced harmony or dynamic dissonance, this book aims at a more polyphonic analysis of the various voices of Habsburg and Ottoman multinationalism: from the imperial centres and in the closest proximity to sovereigns, to provinces and minorities, among intellectuals and state servants, through novels and newspapers. Combining insights from history, literary studies and political sciences, it further explores the lasting legacy of the empires in post-imperial narratives of loss, nostalgia, hope and redemption. It shows why the two dynasties keep haunting the twenty-first century with fears and promises of conflict, coexistence, and reborn greatness.


Part I Introduction
1. Narrating Empires: Between National and Multinational Visions of Belonging
2. Making Sense in a World That is Falling Apart: Imperial Narratives of State, Diversity, and Modernity
Part II Ottomanism Revisited: An Imperial Narrative of Many Voices
3. Ottomanism and Varieties of Official Nationalism
4. Ottomanism in History and Historiography: Fortunes of a Concept
5. Unruly Children of the Homeland: Ottomanism’s Non-Muslim Authors
6. Arab Perspectives on the Late Ottoman Empire
Part III Empires of Diversity and States of Change: Nations and Identities Between Centers and Frontiers
7. Zrinski-Myths: A Vehicle for Imperial and National Narratives
8. Ottoman Reform, Non-Muslim Subjects, and Constitutive Legislation: The Reform Edict of 1856 and the Greek General Regulations of 1862
9. Ottoman Albanians in an Era of Transition: An Engagement with a Fluid Modern World
10. Unraveling Multinational Legacies: National Affiliations of Government Employees in Post-Habsburg Austria
Part IV Habsburg Press(ure): Reading Between the Lines of A Many-Tongued Journalism
11. Pester Lloyd and the German-Speaking Upper Classes of Hungary: A Budapest Newspaper in the Context of Increasing Magyarization
12. A "Roman Affair:" A Croatian Priest College in the Habsburg Press Debate of 1901
13. Narratives of Modernization in Periodicals: On the German-Language Agramer Tagblatt in 1918
Part V Echoes from an Inner Void: The Post-Imperial Novel Between Melancholy and Memory
14. Theory of Empire, Mythology and the Power of the Narrative
15. The Ottoman Myth in Turkish Literature
16. The Hotel as a Non-Place of Habsburg Multinationalism. Hotel Savoy (1924) by Joseph Roth
Part VI Afterword
17. Remembering Empires: Between Civilizational Nationalism and Post-National Pluralism


Johanna Chovanec is a doctoral fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation at the Department of Comparative Literature, University of Vienna, Austria. 

Olof Heilo is Deputy Director at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Turkey, and a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Lund, Sweden.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe
Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 569 gr
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:XVII, 416 p. 5 illus.
Pagine Arabe: 416
Pagine Romane: xvii

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