Dan Gheorghe Dungaciu

East and West and the “Mirror of Nature”: Nationalism in West and East Europe – Essentially Different?

This paper is just an introduction, a starting point, and what I intend to do here is more modest and circumscribed. The purpose of this paper is to offer a few methodological preliminaries to speak about some problems that appear – that have actually appeared – when nationalisms of these areas are compared. The supposition of this article is that no few theories, perspectives or concepts – implicitly or explicitly – essentialize the nationalisms of these two areas. Without a critical analysis, without a previous deconstruction of those essentialist theories and concepts, any comparison between the East and the West is a risk to perpetuate them. To outline the relevance of so-called “Eastern nationalism” and “Western nationalism,” of the relationship between them – as far as these concepts or relations induce, produce or perpetuate essentialism – is the aim of my article.
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