Writing national history for small nations

  • Miroslav Hroch

Abstract

Almost all theories of nationalism show one common deficit: they ignore the basic difference in the process of modern nation formation between those cases where it took off within an old, established state nation and the other where it started within a non-dominant ethnic group (or ethnic community). This difference concerns also the writing of national histories. In this article, the author tries to qualify this difference by asking how far writing the history of a small nation differs from the same for state nations.

Author Biography

Miroslav Hroch

Czech historian Miroslav Hroch (1932) was professor at the Charles University in Prague until 2011. He earned international academic renown for his work on the formation and evolution of national movements and contributed significantly to the establishment of comparative history as a research field.

Published
2013-12-31
Section
Articles