The Uses of the Middle Ages in Modern European States

History, Nationhood and the Search for Origins

  • R. J. W. Evans
  • Guy P. Marchal

Part of the Writing the Nation book series (WTN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Guy P. Marchal
      Pages 1-4
  3. Celts and Scandinavia

  4. Benelux

  5. Balkans

  6. Central Europe

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-296

About this book


An assessment of the role of the Middle Ages in national historiography and in modern conceptions of national identity, looking at relatively young nations, and regions which claim national traditions but were slow to achieve, or regain, separate statehood. Examples range from Ireland and Iceland through Austria and Italy to Finland and Greece.


Austria Europe Greece historiography history Middle Ages nation

Editors and affiliations

  • R. J. W. Evans
    • 1
  • Guy P. Marchal
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OxfordUK
  2. 2.University of LucerneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-36602-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-28310-7
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