Languages and nationalism instead of empires

Motoki Nomachi (Editor), Tomasz Kamusella (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology


This volume probes into the mechanisms of how languages are created, legitimized, maintained, or destroyed in the service of the extant nation-states across Central Europe.

Through chapters from contributors in North America, Europe, and Asia, the book offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the rise of the ethnolinguistic nation-state during the past century as the sole legitimate model of statehood in today’s Central Europe. The collection’s focus is on the last three decades, namely the postcommunist period, taking into consideration the effects of the recent rise of cyberspace and the resulting radical forms of populism across contemporary Central Europe. It analyzes languages and their uses not as given by history, nature, or deity but as constructs produced, changed, maintained, and abandoned by humans and their groups. In this way, the volume contributes saliently to the store of knowledge on the latest social (sociolinguistic) and political history of the region’s languages, including their functioning in respective national polities and on the internet.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages268
ISBN (Electronic)9781003034025
ISBN (Print)9780367471910, 9781032559988
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023
Event2018 Winter International Symposium 'Language Rising Above Empires, Blocs and Unions, 1918-2018' - Slavic-Eurasian research Center, Hokkaido Univeristy, Sapporo, Japan, Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 13 Dec 201914 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge histories of Central and Eastern Europe


  • Language politics
  • Ethnolinguistic nationalism
  • Empire
  • Nation-building
  • Language-building
  • Central Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Southeastern Europe


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