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The Longue Durée of Empire

Toward a Comparative Semantics of a Key Concept in Modern European History

Jörn Leonhard

Against the background of a new interest in empires past and present and an inflation of the concept in modern political language and beyond, the article first looks at the use of the concept as an analytical marker in historical and current interpretations of empires. With a focus on Western European cases, the concrete semantics of empire as a key concept in modern European history is analyzed, combining a reconstruction of some diachronic trends with synchronic differentiations.

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Concepts of Emotions in Indian Languages

Margrit Pernau

arising and floating in the interaction between them. 21 These assumptions are linked to a development that started in Western Europe with the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, both of which accorded a religiously motivated importance to the

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Romanticizing Difference

Identities in Transformation after World War I

Nadia Malinovich

to Paris—both on his own society and that of Western Europe. Navon, she notes, does not fall into Western bifurcations between a picturesque and ossified “Orient” and a progressive, modern “Occident.” Rather, he presents the world of the pre–World War

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Jan Ifversen

historical semantics: Interdisciplinary contributions to Western European cultural history] (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 1998). 32 This method emerged out of the interdisciplinary collaboration of linguists and historians at the laboratory at ENS in St

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Boris Maslov

abstract concepts—was underway in the first half of the eighteenth century in Western Europe, betokening broader decontextualization of literary production. Poets such as Jean-Baptiste Rousseau in France and William Collins in Britain addressed odes to the