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Nation – Power – Subjectivity: The Making of National Subjects in Late Medieval Bohemia and Brabant (1300-1450)

Project description

The nation in the late Middle Ages

Formation of a nation is considered inseparable from industrialisation and the rise of capitalism in the 18th century. The EU-funded NATIONAL-SUBJECTS project will challenge this assumption. It will show how the nation had become a source of legitimacy in the late medieval power struggles (between sovereign and political society as well as between the different factions in that society). However, since a nation needs individuals to identify with it, a sense of community plays a key role. This is why the project will consider individual and collective factors in the making of a nation. Taking a transnational approach, it will compare the Kingdom of Bohemia and the Duchy of Brabant between 1300 and 1450. The project will base its research on chronicles, didactic and courtly literature, songs and hagiography, all reflecting the different positionings within society leading to the making of national subjects.

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 166 320