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Austria, Hungary, and the HabsburgsCentral Europe c.1683-1867$
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R.J.W. Evans

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541621.001.0001

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Frontiers and National Identities in Central-European History

Frontiers and National Identities in Central-European History

(p.114) 7 Frontiers and National Identities in Central-European History
Austria, Hungary, and the Habsburgs

R. J. W. Evans

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the historical background of frontiers and national identities in Central Europe. It suggests that these terms originated in various kinds of physical barriers or markers that divided territories in Central Europe. It explores how the so-called traditional or historic frontiers eventually took on broader functions and affected people on both sides of the border, and also how this process was redirected in the early modern age by a rival tendency to establish ahistorical frontiers.

Keywords:   national identities, historical frontiers, Central Europe, physical barriers, ahistorical frontiers

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