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In the Middle of the Nation, on the Margins of Academia: Historiography in Banat in the Long 19th Century (2012-2013)

Field of study: History

This paper analyzes local historiography in the 19th century Banat. By that time, Banat was a multicultural periphery of the Kingdom of Hungary, at the same time battlefield of Magyar, Romanian, Serbian and German nation-buildings. Local historiographic production emerged from the mid-19th century. As Banat had no university, this historiography found itself on the margin of academic community, its members being mostly self-trained amateurs. Unlike similar amateur local historians in Germany, in Banat the amateur scholarship was constructed in order to meet the demands of the nation-building elites.

Keywords: historiography, regionalism, national identity, Banat

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