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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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The Invention of European National Traditions in European Romanticism

The Invention of European National Traditions in European Romanticism

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(p.19) Chapter 1 The Invention of European National Traditions in European Romanticism
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Stefan Berger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.003.0002

This chapter emphasizes that in the first half of the 19th century, history writing was popular. However, it was not yet carried out within a thoroughly professionalized structure. What made it so popular was its ability to provide people with a sense of identity and orientation. This chapter also explains that during the 19th century the construction of national identity through history and the interpretation of disagreements in national development, such as revolutions, became the main concern of historians. During the first half of the 19th century, the invention of various national traditions was associated with the intellectual movement referred to as Romanticism.

Keywords:   history writing, national identity, revolutions, historians, national traditions, Romanticism

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