1st Edition

Identities In-Between in East-Central Europe

Edited By Jan Fellerer, Robert Pyrah, Marius Turda Copyright 2020
    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    306 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This volume addresses the question of ‘identity’ in East-Central Europe. It engages with a specific definition of ‘sub-cultures’ over the period from c. 1900 to the present and proposes novel ways in which the term can be used with the purpose of understanding identities that do not conform to the fixed, standard categories imposed from the top down, such as ‘ethnic group’, ‘majority’ or ‘minority’. Instead, a ‘sub-culture’ is an identity that sits between these categories. It may blend languages, e.g. dialect forms, cultural practices, ethnic and social identifications, or religious affiliations as well as concepts of race and biology that, similarly, sit outside national projects.

    List of contributors


    by the Editors

    Chapter 1: The Fallacy of National Studies

    by Tomasz Kamusella

    Chapter 2: Hybrid Identity into Ethnic Nationalism. Aromanians in Romania during the 19th Century and the Beginning of the 20th Century

    by Steliu Lambru

    Chapter 3: Minority Femininity at Intersections: Hungarian Women’s Movements in Interwar Transylvania

    by Zsuzsa Bokor

    Chapter 4: The Memory of a Hurt Identity: Bucharest’s Jewish Subculture between Fiction and Non-Fiction

    by Oana Soare

    Chapter 5: The Moldavian Csangos as Subculture: A Case Study in Ethnic, Linguistic, and Cultural Hybridity

    by R. Chris Davis

    Chapter 6: Nazi Divisions: A Romanian-German ‘Historians’ Dispute’ at the End of the Cold War

    by James Koranyi

    Chapter 7: Cosmopolitanism as Subculture in the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

    by Simon Lewis

    Chapter 8: Internationalist Working-Class Militant Biographies, Identity, and Sub-Culture in Late Russian Poland

    by Wiktor Marzec

    Chapter 9: The Past That Never Passes and the Future That Never Comes: ‘Palimpsestual’ Identity in Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s Diaries

    by Olha Poliukhovych

    Chapter 10: ‘Small’ Germans and ‘Half’-Germans in the Baltic Provinces at the Turn of the 20th Century

    by Pauls Daija and Benedikts Kalnačs

    Chapter 11: A War Experience in a Bilingual Border Region: The Case of the Memel Territory

    by Vasilijus Safronovas

    Chapter 12: (Mis)Matching Linguistic, Geographical and Ethnic Identities: The Case of the East Frisians

    by Temmo Bosse

    Chapter 13: Ethnic Identity in Other Nations’ Conflicts: Defining Frisianness in the 1920s

    by Nils Langer



    Jan Fellerer is Associate Professor in Non-Russian Slavonic Languages and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University.

    Robert Pyrah is Research Associate at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at Oxford University and Member of the History Faculty.

    Marius Turda is Professor in Twentieth Century Central and Eastern European Biomedicine at Oxford Brookes University.