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Die Konstruktion sekundärer Fremdheit : zur Stiftung nationaler Identität in den Schriften italienischer Humanisten von Dante bis Machiavelli

The construction of a secondary foreigness : the foundation of national identity in writings of the Italian humanists from Dante to Machiavelli

  • This essay examines Italian Humanists' national discourses from Dante to Machiavelli and Guicciardini to demonstrate that the construction of a secondary foreignness emerges through the exclusion, rejection and devaluation of others. The familiarity with others and cornrnon membership in universal Middleage institutions(Church and Kingdom) are the preconditions for any foreigness construction. Thus the foreign is identified through a process of transition from intemal differenciation to exclusion. The authors use discourse analysis to focus on the transferal of cornrnunal and imperial cognitive pattems to a national context which leads to semantic modifications indicating the becoming foreign of the others. Accordingly the demarcation of space would be justified with recourse to an invented past, imagined to be one's own and not the past of the foreigners.

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Author:Herfried Münkler, Kathrin Mayer
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2006/12/20
Publishing Institution:Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Release Date:2006/12/20
Source:Münkler, Herfried (Hrsg.) Die Herausforderung durch das Fremde. Berlin : Akad.-Verl., 1998, S. 27-129
Contributor:Herfried Münkler (Hrsg.)
Institutes:BBAW / Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
BBAW / Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgruppe Die Herausforderung durch das Fremde
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Wissenschaft, Allgemeines / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 000 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke
Schriftenreihen in Einzelbeiträgen:BBAW / Schriftenreihen / Forschungsberichte der interdisziplinären Arbeitsgruppen / Band 5 : Die Herausforderung durch das Fremde