Liquid Nationalism and State Partitions in EuropeDOI: 10.4337/9781786436610.00008 View full text
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Abstract: The rise of an unstable century At the dawn of the twentieth century, the European powers confronted two major geopolitical weaknesses. The first one related to the future of the Tsarist Empire, the second to the escalating fragmentation of the so-called "sick man of Europe", that is, the Ottoman Empire and, broadly speaking, the Balkan Peninsula. In reality, since 1809, the European powers were concerned about a potential "booming revolution" in the Tsarist Empire. 1 The debates were vivid among intellectuals…

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