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Deutschtum all'est? I discorsi sull'identità dei gruppi germanofoni dell'area posnana e prussiana occidentale prima del 1848
Journal Title: MEMORIA E RICERCA  
Author/s: Michael G. Muller 
Year:  2004 Issue: 15 Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 FullText PDF:  80 KB

The article discusses constructs of collective identity among German speaking groups in two Polish-German border regions prior to the mid 19th century. It examines, on the one hand, the different contexts in which the notion of ‘German’ had been used as a marker of territorial, social, or religious identity from the 16th to the 18th centuries. On the other hand, it outlines the emergence of patterns of national segregation in the first half of the 19th century. The author em phasises the discontinuity between pre-modern and modern concepts of ‘German identity’ in both regions: Until the end of the 18th century, ‘German’ was understood to indicate a specific social, linguistic, or confessional profile of individuals or groups, but never implied the idea of ‘national diversity’. Even in the early 19th century, German speakers maintained a marked sense of regional identification, and reacted weakly to national mobilisation processes.

Michael G. Muller, in "MEMORIA E RICERCA " 15/2004, pp. , DOI:

   

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