By Leonidas Donskis
Loyalty and betrayal are between key ideas of the ethic of nationalism. Marriage of country and tradition, which turns out the essence of the congruence among political strength constitution and collective id, frequently bargains an easy clarification of loyalty and dissent. Loyalty is obvious as once-and-for-all dedication of the person to his or her country, while betrayal is pointed out as a failure to devote him or herself to a typical reason or as a diversion from the thing of political loyalty and cultural/linguistic constancy. For conservative or radical nationalists, even social and cultural critique of one’s humans and nation might be considered as treason, while for his or her liberal opposite numbers it really is accurately what constitutes political know-how, civic advantage, and a awake commitment to the folk and tradition. This ebook is the 1st try to supply a discursive map of Lithuanian liberal and conservative nationalism. interpreting the works and perspectives of dissenters and critics of society and tradition, we will be able to demonstrate a method of being of liberal nationalism as a social and cultural feedback. This quantity is of curiosity for highbrow historians, social theorists, scholars of East-Central eu notion, and a person drawn to Baltic stories and the recent individuals of the european. "Dissent: act of betrayal, or loyalty? Leonidas Donskis' new striking examine is one constant, thorough and devoted attempt to supply a solution to that question." Zygmunt Bauman (from the Preface)
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