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European Discourses on Rights

The Quest for Statehood in Europe: The Case of Slovakia


Lubica Ucnik

Contents: The book aims to explain the theoretical heritage of the Enlightenment in the context of liberalism and nationalism. It presents clear conceptual accounts of the individual, rights, the nation, the state, as well as the relationship between the individual and the state, sensus communis, rational and irrational nations. This discussion enables a change of focus in current debates about nationalism versus liberalism and draws upon the splitting of Czecho-Slovakia as an example.