Statehood Before and Beyond Ethnicity

Minor States in Northern and Eastern Europe, 1600-2000

by Linas Eriksonas (Volume editor) Leos Müller (Volume editor)
©2006 Conference proceedings 392 Pages


Today’s world is a world of nation-states; few have survived since the early modern period, some have existed for three hundred years, most came into being during the second part of the last century. Yet the equation between the state and the nation does not go back far in history, despite the prevailing tendency to view the state as closely linked to ethnicity.
To challenge the latter this book attempts to examine statehood separately from the concept of ethnicity; it asks what is non-ethnic about statehood by looking at ‘statehood before and beyond ethnicity’. A non-ethnic statehood is analysed in two forms: as a historical phenomenon at the time of the emergence of the early modern state (Part One) and as a historical tradition which had been pursued by the nation-builders in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Part Two).
Instead of looking at great powers as traditional models of statehood, individual chapters focus on minor and less familiar states in Northern and Eastern Europe from the period c. 1600-2000, including Belgium, Bohemia, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Poland-Lithuania, Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden, Scotland and Transylvania.


ISBN (Softcover)
Europa Kleinstaat Entstehung Nationenbildung Geschichte 1600-2000 Kongress 2003 Statehood Comparative Study /Smaller States 1600-2000 Ethnicity Northern and Eastern Europe
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 392 pp.

Biographical notes

Linas Eriksonas (Volume editor) Leos Müller (Volume editor)

The Editors: Linas Eriksonas, Ph.D., is Visiting Research Fellow at Södertörn University College, Sweden. Previously he was Project Co-ordinator for the European Science Foundation Programme ‘Representations of the Past: The Writing of National Histories in Europe’. Leos Müller, Associate Professor, is Research Associate at the Baltic and East European Graduate School, Södertörn University College and is currently teaching in the Department of History, Uppsala University.


Title: Statehood Before and Beyond Ethnicity