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The Uses of the Middle Ages in Modern European States : History, Nationhood and the Search for Origins - R. J. W. Evans

The Uses of the Middle Ages in Modern European States

History, Nationhood and the Search for Origins

By: R. J. W. Evans (Editor), Guy P. Marchal (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 21st December 2010
ISBN: 9780230576025
Number Of Pages: 296

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Featuring an international team of authors and offering broad European coverage, this volume - the first of its kind - shows how modern states and societies have used the history of the Middle Ages to legitimize themselves. In doing so, it draws on some of the most famous and fascinating medieval themes, from Icelandic sagas, through Switzerland's William Tell and the Czech Hussites, to the Serbian battle of Kosovo. It investigates in particular the ways in which new and smaller states have invented or reinvented themselves on an imagined medieval foundation and how rival traditions have interacted with each other. It also shows the often uneasy relationship between professional and popular understandings of history, and reveals some of the highly politicized uses to which the work of historians has been put in many different countries.

Notes on the Contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Celts and Scandinaviap. 5
Transmission and Translation of Medieval Irish Sources in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuriesp. 7
The 'Decline of Norway': Grief and Fascination in Norwegian Historiography on the Middle Agesp. 18
'Braves Step out of the Night of the Barrows': Regenerating the Heritage of Early Medieval Finlandp. 31
Interpreting the Nordic Past: Icelandic Medieval Manuscripts and the Construction of a Modern Nationp. 52
Beneluxp. 73
A Serious Case of Amnesia: the Dutch and their Middle Agesp. 75
Medieval Myths and the Building of National Identity: the Example of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourgp. 88
An Era of Grandeur. The Middle Ages in Belgian National Historiography, 1830-1914p. 113
Balkansp. 137
To Whom Does Byzantium Belong? Greeks, Turks and the Present of the Medieval Balkansp. 139
The Image of the Battle of Kosovo (1389) Today: a Historic Event, a Moral Pattern, or the Tool of Political Manipulationp. 152
Central Europep. 175
Italy's Various Middle Agesp. 177
Medievalism, the Politics of Memory and Swiss National Identityp. 197
The Public Instrumentalization of the Middle Ages in Austria since 1945p. 221
'Old Czechs Were Hefty Heroes': the Construction and Reconstruction of Czech National History in its Relationship to the 'Great' Medieval Pastp. 245
Conclusionp. 259
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 284
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ISBN: 9780230576025
ISBN-10: 0230576028
Series: Writing the Nation
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 21st December 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1