By M. Waterbury
This ebook investigates the connection among states and transborder ethnic teams in japanese Europe. It makes use of the case of Hungary, which has long-standing ties to the approximately 3 million ethnic Hungarians in neighboring international locations, to handle why and the way kin-states take motion on behalf in their ethnic diasporas, and the results of that engagement for neighborhood relatives and family politics. The booklet argues that it's not ethnic association, yet elite political pageant inside of a newly liberalized post-communist celebration method, including ecu Union integration, that either drives elevated engagement with ethnic family in another country, and constrains its most threatening kinds.
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Extra info for Between State and Nation: Diaspora Politics and Kin-state Nationalism in Hungary
Indd 27 9/3/2010 7:51:25 PM 28 ● Between State and Nation author described the heavily feudal society before 1830: “[T]he multilingual masses lived together in perfect harmony and peace. ”6 Hungarian nationalism, when it emerged as a political project in the first decades of the nineteenth century, began as primarily liberal in nature and oriented toward securing Hungarian independence from the control of Austria and the Hapsburgs. 8 The desire for Hungarian self-determination and political freedom culminated in the 1848 Hungarian Revolution against the Hapsburgs, which ultimately failed due to the overwhelming Austrian military force.
But in more accountable, competitive political environments, where the populace also has broader expectations of effective governance and economic stability from its leaders, elites are constrained in their ability to play the nationalist card. 42 My analysis of kin-state action both confirms and draws heavily on these latter two arguments, yet I also add to them in a number of ways. First, the usual story of ethnic entrepreneurship—either responding to or seeking to manipulate feelings of solidarity—has to be modified somewhat to capture the role of kin-state nationalism in domestic political contestation.
The loss of the monarchy and the diminished status of Hungary after the war had a tremendous impact on the content of nationalism and the politics of interwar Hungary. 5 million “ethnic” Hungarians. 0 * Ruthenes, Serbs, Croats, others Sources: B. C. Wallis, “Distribution of Nationalities in Hungary,” The Geographical Journal 47, no. 3 (March 1916): 183; Joseph Rothschild, East Central Europe between the Two World Wars (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1974), 192. urban centers in the new Hungarian state.
Between State and Nation: Diaspora Politics and Kin-state Nationalism in Hungary by M. Waterbury