1st Edition

Emotions and Everyday Nationalism in Modern European History

    224 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume examines how ideas of the nation influenced ordinary people, by focusing on their affective lives. Using a variety of sources, methods and cases, ranging from Spain during the age of Revolutions to post-World War II Poland, it demonstrates that emotions are integral to understanding the everyday pull of nationalism on ordinary people.

    Introduction: emotions and everyday nationalism in modern European history

    Andreas Stynen, Maarten Van Ginderachter and Xosé M. Núñez Seixas

    1. Feeling nationhood while telling lives: ego-documents, emotions and national character during the Age of Revolutions

    Raúl Moreno Almendral

    2. So close and yet so far: degrees of emotional proximity in pauper letters to Dutch national power holders around 1800

    Joris Oddens

    3. ‘Lou tresor dóu Felibrige’: an Occitan dictionary and its emotional potential for readers

    Martina Niedhammer

    4. Learning to love: embodied practices of patriotism in the Belgian nineteenth-century classroom (and beyond)

    Josephine Hoegaerts

    5. Performing and remembering personal nationalism among workers in late Russian Poland

    Wiktor Marzec

    6. In search of the true Italy: emotional practices and the nation in Fiume 1919/1920

    Thomas Blanck

    7. Bringing out the dead: mass funerals, cult of death and the emotional dimension of nationhood in Romanian interwar fascism

    Raul Cârstocea

    8. Feeling the fatherland: Finnish soldiers’ lyrical attachments to the nation during the Second World War

    Ville Kivimäki

    9. Emotional communities and the reconstruction of emotional bonds to alien territories: the nationalization of the Polish ‘Recovered Territories’ after 1945

    José M. Faraldo

    Conclusions: national(ized) emotions from below

    Xosé M. Núñez Seixas, Maarten Van Ginderachter and Andreas Stynen


    Andreas Stynen (KU Leuven) is a Postdoctoral Assistant at the Research Group for Cultural History after 1750.

    Maarten Van Ginderachter (Antwerp University) is a Professor of History at the PoHis Center for Political History.

    Xosé M. Núñez Seixas (University of Santiago de Compostela) is a Professor of Modern European History.