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Digital Booklaunch on Historical Security Studies: Rampart Nations. Bulwark Myths of East European Multiconfessional Societies in the Age of Nationalism | Book presentation

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SFB/TRR 138 "Dynamiken der Sicherheit"




Area studies Central and Eastern Europe Collective symbolism History of Europe History of the Soviet Union Interwar period Memory studies National movements Nationalism Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth Second Polish Republic War in media


The “bulwark” or antemurale myth—whereby a region is imagined as a defensive barrier against a dangerous Other—has been a persistent strand in the development of Eastern European nationalisms. While historical studies of the topic have typically focused on clashes and overlaps between sociocultural and religious formations, Rampart Nations delves deeper to uncover the mutual transfers and multi-sided national and interconfessional conflicts that helped to spread bulwark myths through Europe’s eastern periphery over several centuries. Ranging from art history to theology to political science, this volume offers new ways of understanding the political, social, and religious forces that continue to shape identity in Eastern Europe.

Chair: Wernder Distler (University of Groningen)

Introduction: Liliya Berezhnaja (University of Münster) and Heidi Hein-Kircher (Herder-Institute Marburg)

Comment 1: Paul Hanebrink (Rutgers University)

Comment 2: Angela Marciniak (University of Münster)


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PD Dr. Heidi Hein-Kircher


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