Patriotism, nationalism and modernity: The patriotic societies in the Danish conglomerate state, 1769-1814

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The Article investigates sixty-three patriotic societies etablished in the Danish conglomerat state during the Age of the Enlightenment, since they can throw light on the pre-national collective identities. it explains how the patriotic societies had both an external function in regard to society and an internal function among their members. It analyses how the members comprehended patriotism and how they propagated ideas of solidarity and good citizenship to a wider audience. The patriotism of the eighteenth century is also compared to the nationalisme of the nineteenth century, and the way they reflected two different understandings of core concepts such as state, language and folk culture is explained. However, both ideologies correlate to modernity, since the reflect the same dialectic tension in the relationship between the individual, the social community and the modern state
Original languageEnglish
JournalNations and Nationalism
Volume13
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)205-224
Number of pages20
ISSN1354-5078
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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  • Faculty of Humanities - Bourgeoisie/middle classes, Denmark-Norway, nationalism, Patriotic societies, The Enlightenment

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