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From diaspora to diaspora : the case of Transylvanian Saxons in Romania and Germany.

Koranyi, James and Wittlinger, Ruth (2011) 'From diaspora to diaspora : the case of Transylvanian Saxons in Romania and Germany.', Nationalism and ethnic politics., 17 (1). pp. 96-115.

Abstract

This article investigates the relationship between Transylvanian Saxons (Siebenbürger Sachsen) and their perceived “external homeland.” The authors consider the history of German minorities in East-Central Europe and, more specifically, briefly outline the history of Transylvanian Saxons. Against this backdrop, this article examines the changing nature of minority policies promoted by the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) until the present day, whilst juxtaposing this with Transylvanian Saxon discourses on identity and nationhood. In so doing, this article argues that the discrepancy between the mutual expectations of the FRG and Transylvanian Saxon émigrés became very pronounced after 1989. This then has led to what appears to be the end of the Saxon community, as émigrés have found themselves torn between assimilation and a longing for a return to Transylvania.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (212Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13537113.2011.550248
Publisher statement:This is an electronic version of an article published in Koranyi, James and Wittlinger, Ruth (2011) 'From diaspora to diaspora : the case of Transylvanian Saxons in Romania and Germany.', Nationalism and ethnic politics., 17 (1). pp. 96-115. Nationalism and ethnic politics is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1353-7113&volume=17&issue=1&spage=96
Record Created:19 Jul 2012 15:50
Last Modified:10 Apr 2013 10:41

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