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Славянската идея - между интуицията и интелекта
The Slavic idea - between intuition and intellect

Author(s): Slaveya Dimitrova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Czech Literature, Philology
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: Slavic idea; nationalism; identity; otherness; national pride; national hatred

Summary/Abstract: The study is based on the concept that the notions of the Czechs about their own native land, its location and topography, the multitude of the Czechs, their past greatness and national character are often imagined, misleading and even directly deceptive. Gradually crystallizing Czech identity during the Revival is seen as organically linked to the notion of “the other“. The alien in this case is treated as incompatible element with the people’s body whose mentality by no means could be adapted to the majority mentality. On the opposite side, Czechs intuitively recognize Slovaks, Russians and Poles as their natural allies. Although the appreciations for them are often contradictory, the Slavdom, despite all language and state-political differences, is perceived as a unity, equivalent to German neighbours. Only recognizable as a part of the “big“ Slavic community, the “little“ nation effectively nourish its self-esteem, emotions and imagination.