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New Left Review I/189, September-October 1991

Ernest Gellner

Nationalism and Politics in Eastern Europe

In Eastern Europe, nationalism has since 1915 passed through five stages:

Stage 1

At the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the whole of Eastern Europe was divided between three empires. Previous little statelets, survivors of medieval fragmentation, were absorbed into the three large units. Life was greatly simplified for the political map-makers: henceforth they would need only three colours to accomplish their task.

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