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Empty Signs, Historical Imaginaries: The Nationalization of Names and Naming in Dualist Hungary

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Empty Signs, Historical Imaginaries

The Nationalization of Names and Naming in Dualist Hungary

Ágoston Berecz

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390 pages, 14 illus., bibliog., index

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Reviews

“An impressive and stunningly original study that makes a significant contribution to the field, using hitherto entirely unexplored source material.” • Monika Baár, Leiden University

“With Empty Signs, Historical Imaginaries, Berecz raises the methodological bar for future generations of nationalism scholars and commendably trailblazes new paths of inquiry. This is a meticulously researched, tightly argued, and brilliantly executed work on a subject too often neglected.” • Tomasz Kamusella, University of St. Andrews

Description

Set in a multiethnic region of the nineteenth-century Habsburg Empire, this thoroughly interdisciplinary study maps out how the competing Romanian, Hungarian and German nationalization projects dealt with proper names. With particular attention to their function as symbols of national histories, Ágoston Berecz makes a case for names as ideal guides for understanding historical imaginaries and how they operate socially. In tracing the changing fortunes of nationalization movements and the ways in which their efforts were received by mass constituencies, he provides an innovative and compelling account of the historical utilization, manipulation, and contestation of names.

Ágoston Berecz is a Junior Research Fellow at Pasts, Inc., Center for Historical Studies, Budapest. He is the author of The Politics of Early Language Teaching: Hungarian in the primary schools of the late Dual Monarchy (2014). He has taught at Central European University and Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

Subject: 18th/19th Century History General Geography
Area: Central/Eastern Europe



Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Text

Introduction

Part I: Peasants

Chapter 1. Under Ancestral Masks: Name-Giving Nationalized
Chapter 2. Family Names on the Ground
Chapter 3. Place Names and Etymologies from Below

Part II: Nationalisms

Chapter 4. Contact-influenced Family Names in Discourse and Practice
Chapter 5. Dimensions of Family-Name Magyarization
Chapter 6. Signposts over the Land

Part III: The State

Chapter 7. Floreas into Virágs: Stage Regulation of First Names
Chapter 8. The Most Correct Ways to Spell One’s Name
Chapter 9. The Great Toponymic Manoeuvre

Conclusions

Appendix A
Appendix B: Place-Name Index

Bibliography
Index

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