March 7, 2017

Between State and Nation: Diaspora Politics and Kin-state by M. Waterbury

By M. Waterbury

This booklet investigates the connection among states and transborder ethnic teams in japanese Europe. It makes use of the case of Hungary, which has long-standing ties to the approximately 3 million ethnic Hungarians in neighboring nations, to deal with why and the way kin-states take motion on behalf in their ethnic diasporas, and the implications of that engagement for neighborhood kin and family politics. The publication argues that it's not ethnic association, yet elite political pageant inside of a newly liberalized post-communist get together procedure, including ecu Union integration, that either drives elevated engagement with ethnic relatives in a foreign country, and constrains its most threatening kinds.

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Indd 32 9/3/2010 7:51:25 PM Kin-State Nationalism and Governing Legitimacy ● 33 flourished, as well as nonsecret irredentist organizations, such as the Hungarian Territorial Integrity League and Hungarian Revisionist League, and pseudo-academic bodies and research institutes committed to producing irredentist propaganda. 30 Trianon had also shattered the link between nation and territory for the Hungarians, undermining the idea of Hungary’s “civilizing mission” in the Danubian region. With this traumatic dislocation, the cultural, as well as territorial and economic survival of Hungary was said to be at stake.

The broader literature on diaspora politics helps us to understand the larger universe of policies from which states like Hungary are now drawing as they struggle to shape ties to their external kin. indd 19 9/3/2010 7:46:28 PM 20 ● Between State and Nation the processes through which policymakers increase their level of engagement with those abroad over time. 54 Plan of the Book As I described above, Hungary’s policy stances toward ethnic Hungarians in Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine have not remained static and are not easily predicted by the supposed strength of Hungarian nationalism.

21 Trianon quickly became a symbol of suffering, loss, and humiliation for Hungarian society, yet the revisionist form of nationalism that emerged from this situation served as a vehicle for maintaining elite political control. indd 31 9/3/2010 7:51:25 PM 32 ● Between State and Nation conditions in Hungary opened the door to political instability and challenges to the status quo. ”23 As a large part of the nation was now scattered among a number of new states bordering Hungary, nationalism as revisionism became the most obvious path for enforcing unity and preventing more democratic politics from emerging.

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