How Conceptualisations Of Ethnicity And Metaphysical Ideology

704 Words Aug 11th, 2015 3 Pages
Between 1945 and 1989 Europe was sundered East and West, a division which modern historiography often elevates above consideration of pre-existing allegiances in Europe’s theatre of nations.Concurrent with the tripartite political schema of Democracy, Fascism and Communism, ancient ethnolinguistic and confessional loyalties also delineated Europe during this period. Notably, cultural divisions such as heritage and conviction presuppose social distinctions of economics and class in determining the political orientation of nations. Hence I will analyse and discuss how conceptualisations of ethnicity and metaphysical ideology, as they stood between the end of the Second World War and the fall of the Soviet Union, impacted on conflicts in Ulster, Iberia and Visegrad. Significantly, these realms were under Democratic, Fascist and Communist regimes respectively and thus exemplify the predominant role of cultural, as opposed to social, divisions in conflict. Furthermore, I will justify my arguments with examples and evidence from cultural primary sources including street-art and poster works illustrating the conflicting social and cultural views amongst communities, as well as Samizdat underground literature from the Visegrad states.

Ethnolinguistic identity consists of the cultural associations of heritage including language, descent and nationality manifested through communal beliefs, myths and shared allegiances. Worldview refers to the interpretation of wider reality as…

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