Questions Of Identity: Czech And Slovak Ideas Of Nationality And Personality (A Central European University Press Book) Robert B. Pynsent

ISBN: 9781858660059

Published: May 19th 1994

Hardcover

244 pages


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Questions Of Identity:  Czech And Slovak Ideas Of Nationality And Personality (A Central European University Press Book)  by  Robert B. Pynsent

Questions Of Identity: Czech And Slovak Ideas Of Nationality And Personality (A Central European University Press Book) by Robert B. Pynsent
May 19th 1994 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 244 pages | ISBN: 9781858660059 | 4.57 Mb

Questions of Identity treats four varieties of conceptions of individual and social identity. This interdisciplinary book describes and analyzes four trends of thought that have prevailed at one time in most of Europe over the last two centuries: theMoreQuestions of Identity treats four varieties of conceptions of individual and social identity.

This interdisciplinary book describes and analyzes four trends of thought that have prevailed at one time in most of Europe over the last two centuries: the idea of the responsible citizen, the concept of patriotism or nationalism, the loss of self, and suffering as a formative element in the national character. In a section devoted to Vaclav Havel, Pynsent treats Havels notion of personal identity as expressed in personal responsibility. Another section concerning national identity looks in particular at two early nineteenth-century Slovaks who rejected Slovak nationalism and whose ideas ultimately had a profound impact on East European thinking on nationality up to the fall of communism.

A third section deals with the beginnings of Modernism and the apparent disintegration of the self in West European and Czech writers. The final section addresses Vladimir Parals expositions of the Czech cult of national martyrs since St. Wenceslas and the extent to which the martyr complex remains part of Czech self-identification.



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