CFP: Hroch’s Stage Theory of National Awakening in Theory and Historiography (edited volume)
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Hroch’s Stage Theory of National Awakening in Theory and Historiography
Miroslav Hroch’s Social Preconditions of National Revival, a comparative study of nationalist movements in nineteenth-century Europe, is best remembered for its abstract schematization of national awakening through three Phases A-B-C. Hroch identified Phase A as the “period of scholarly interest,” Phase B as the “the period of patriotic agitation,” and finally Phase C as “the rise of a mass national movement.” Hroch’s work has informed scholars with a wide variety of geographical specializations, and the A-B-C theory has inspired various theoretical discussion. Tomasz Kamusella, for example, has added a Phase D to refer the moment “when the nation establishes its own nation-state in fulfillment of the equation of ethnic nationalism: language = nation = state.” Roman Szporluk reformulated Hroch’s phases into “academic, cultural, and political” stages. Such tinkering may reflect weaknesses in the A-B-C model, yet testify to the enduring impact of Hroch’s schematic and comparative approach.
The year 2010, the 25th anniversary of Social Preconditions of National Revival in English translation, seems a good point to survey the impact of this theory on the historiography of nationalism. We seek authors who can critique and extend Hroch’s work by applying the A-B-C schema to specific cases and evaluating its usefulness. Has your research revealed a gap in Hroch’s theory, or enabled you to extend Hroch’s theory in some new direction? How well does the A-B-C theory apply to regions of the world Hroch did not consider, e.g. Africa, Central Asia, Latin America, or South Asia? Contributors should not merely apply the A-B-C theory to a specific case study, but engage with Hroch’s theoretical assumptions. In the volume’s final chapter, Professor Hroch has agreed to comment on the various contributions.
Authors should write to express their interest as soon as possible to facilitate negotiation with potential publishers. Send a CV (no more than 2 pages) and a 500 word abstract. Drafts will be due in July 2010. For further details, contact Alexander Maxwell of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand firstname.lastname@example.org
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