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Liquid Nationalism and State Partitions in Europe

Stefano Bianchini

This timely book offers an in-depth exploration of state partitions and the history of nationalism in Europe from the Enlightenment onwards. Stefano Bianchini compares traditional national democratic development to the growing transnational demands of representation with a focus on transnational mobility and empathy versus national localism against the EU project. In an era of multilevel identity, global economic and asylum seeker crises, nationalism is becoming more liquid which in turn strengthens the attractiveness of ‘ethnic purity’ and partitions, affects state stability, and the nature of national democracy in Europe. The result may be exposure to the risk of new wars, rather than enhanced guarantees of peace.
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Contents

Stefano Bianchini

List of maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Geopolitical liquidities and nationalist trajectories: fluid boundaries and state reshaping in nineteenth-century Europe
PART  I  AN ATLAS OF NATION-STATE METAMORPHOSIS ACROSS THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
  1  The rise of an unstable century
  2  World War I as change accelerator
  3  1917 and the Russian revolutions: multiple players and conflicting aspirations to independence in the collapsing empire
  4  The implications of the political debate between Lenin and Wilson: geopolitics and self-determination
  5  Irredentism, Hitler and the “New European Order”
  6  The second post-war period: new borders, ethnic cleansing and the “double dimension” of the national question
  7  Post-Cold War conflicting principles: post-Socialist sovereignty, ethnic states and territorial integrity
PART II  STATE DISMEMBERMENTS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR EUROPE: HOW PARTITIONS AFFECT THE NATURE OF DEMOCRACY
  8  Europe in chaos: breaking down or rebuilding the walls?
  9  Multilevel partitions, globalization, and the metamorphosis of the nation-state
10  The lessons not learned from the Yugoslav dismemberment
11  The peculiarities of the Czechoslovak partition
12  Living in the past or tackling the future: the Baltic experience from the partition of the USSR to EU integration
13  Between partitions and state failure: the ethnic key of polity in the experience of Bosnia-Herzegovina
14  The crisis of the European project: a new political destiny for partitions?
15  How partitions affect the nature of democracy in Europe today
Concluding remarks
Bibliography
Geographic index
Index