Pan Slavism: Its History and Ideology, by Hans Kohn
The Pan-Slavist idea goes back, not so much to Russia, as to Prague during the heyday of German Romanticism in the second quarter of the 19th century. Like so many other romantic ideas, it was part of the rise of cultural and political nationalism and of economic liberalism. It represented a genuine yearning for justice and national fulfillment on the part of Slavic town “intellectuals”—professional men, schoolteachers, journalists, civil servantsstirred up by the heady atmosphere of freedom which the Napoleonic armies had brought to Eastern Europe.
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