István Kollai

Title: Patterns of vernacular conflicts in medieval and early-modern towns of historical Upper Hungary

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Abstract: Along the history of Central and Eastern Europe, a great variety of intercultural conflicts has been emerged in this region, among which a special form of conflict is embodied by tensions between vernacular language groups within medieval and early modern urban communities. Despite many valuable research results, the question of pre-modern vernacular conflicts is generally on the periphery of academic interest; while particular urban histories have explored much around these events, a general conceptualization seems to be lacking. This paper attempts to contribute to the academic discourse with a conceptualization, trying to clarify the specifics of these pre-modern vernacular urban conflicts in a comparativ way: ie. comparing them with modern nationalisms. As a result, it is concluded that pre-modern tensions between vernaculars were driven both by differing interests and emotions of the parties – like in case of modern nationalisms – but, unlike modern nationalisms, they lacked an intellectual motive. This lack of intellectual motives is embodied in the non-participation of circles of people-of-letters in these conflicts and in the apparent absence of explanatory (ideologizing) narratives that could provide more abstract reasons for situational contradictions than pure conflicts of interest or emotional hatred and distrust.

Author: KOLLAI, István

DOI: 10.17846/SHN.2022.26.2.305-329

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Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave, Fakulta sociálnych a ekonomických vied, Ústav sociálnej antropológie, Mlynské luhy 4, 821 05 Bratislava, Slovak Republic; Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Global Studies, Fővám tér 8, 1093 Budapešť, Hungary, mail:

Source: Studia Historica Nitriensia, year: 2022, vol.: 26, number: 2, pages: 305-329

Keywords: Inter-Ethnic Relations; Nationalism; Emotions; Interests; Vernacular Languages;

Language: English