fonte: IALHI News
Eastern European History and Eastern European Studies
University of Amsterdam, 25 April 2008
This has changed in recent years. Independent of one another, several excellent studies have been published on attempts by communists in individual countries to gain national legitimacy. This informal workshop aims to be a first step towards a more comprehensive view. Students of nationalism, historians of communism, specialists on Cold War history, as well as country or regional experts, are invited to give their opinion.
Presenters of papers are welcome to concentrate on an individual state, party, national symbol or policy, but are asked to place these in a broader context. To what extent does ‘Socialist Patriotism’ fit into existing theories of nationalism? Could communists actually be called ‘nationalistic’ or even ‘nationalists’? Was the communist use of national propaganda instrumental and exploitative, or was it founded on progressive traditions of nationalism? How were national credentials of local parties squared with proletarian internationalism and the alliance with other communist countries? To what extent did communist parties construct ethnic ” enemies of the people”? In what way did anti-Semitism influence the national credentials of communist parties? Was communist national propaganda ultimately successful?
These and other questions will be central to the discussions at the meeting. A practical goal is take first steps towards the organization of a larger workshop on this topic in 2009. This is to culminate in an edited volume on nationalism and communism.
Please send proposals for papers (max 400 words) to dr. Martin Mevius before 15 February 2008 ( firstname.lastname@example.org), Eastern European History and Eastern European Studies, Postbus 134, 1012 VB Amsterdam, tel +31205252269, Fax: +31 20 5252086).
Balázs Apor (EUI, Florence)
Jan C Behrends (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)
Ragnheidur Kristjánsdóttir (University of Iceland)
Árpád von Klimo (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Berlin)
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