The History of Family, Marriage and Divorce in Eastern Europe

The articles will focus on the following questions: 
What role did social bonds, emotional attachments, and political and economic interests play in the making and unmaking of marriages?

How relevant are the historical models of family life based on Western European sources to family life in Eastern Europe? How do they enrich our understanding of the functions of various family structures? What alternative structures may have existed in parallel in Eastern and Western Europe?

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Fabricating History: Representations, Manipulation, Evidence

What are the relationships between forms of representing the past and the prevailing regimes of evidence? Focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, this thematic journal issue will suggest bringing the study of facts, factuality, realism, credibility and acceptability back in historical theory. Five typical and paradigmatic cases are given particular attention: uses of historical argument in jurisdiction, archives and museums, monuments, visual representations (iconology, photographs, documentary films) and historiography proper.

We invite contributions concentrating on the ways in which these various representations of history use criteria of credibility, how they convince their audiences using different types of culturally defined historical evidence and how they try to present authentic statements on the past. We encourage a focus on the epistemological possibilities of obtaining knowledge: procedures of generation, modes of representation and manners of reception.

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Identity, Loyalty, State: The Balkans in and after the Ottoman Empire

As a complex phenomenon, identity has many levels and can appear in various forms, influencing the behavior of communities or the personalities of individuals, from peasants to intellectuals. Identity can affect the attitudes of a community towards central power and official ideologies, and conversely, elements of identity can be strengthened or oppressed by the mutual interaction between central power and its subjects. The adopted personal-level and community-level strategies, conformist and non-conformist behavioral types can determine the welfare of the community or the career of individuals by emphasizing dominant features and suppressing latent elements of identity.

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“Religion in Social Relations”. Call for journal articles

The Hungarian Historical Review invites submissions for its forth issue in 2014, the theme of which will be “Religion in Social Relations

The deadline for the submission of abstracts: 28 Feb 2014

The deadline for notification of accepted abstracts: 15 March 2014

The deadline for the accepted papers: 30 June 2014

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