On the (geo)political salience of geographical imaginations: a central European perspective

Balogh, Péter and Gál, Zoltán and Hajdú, Zoltán and Rácz, Szilárd and Scott, James W. (2022) On the (geo)political salience of geographical imaginations: a central European perspective. EURASIAN GEOGRAPHY AND ECONOMICS, 63 (6). pp. 691-703. ISSN 1538-7216


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This article introduces a Research Colloquium that investi- gates relationships between the production of Central European geopolitical imaginaries and processes of European integration. Specifically, we interrogate the ways in which Central European geopolitical imaginaries have involved the recasting of old and the emergence of new framings of regional identities, regional cooperation and geopolitical orientations. Our specific focus on Hungary is not coincidental; since 2010 the Hungarian government has pursued a strident and rather noisy ”geopoliticization” of its relations with the EU, its Central European neighbors and beyond. Together with Poland, Hungary has been an active producer of scenarios of national and European destiny according to conservative and often reactionary notions of identity and illiberal values. Contextual background explain- ing the rise of EU-skeptic imaginations of national purpose is provided and suggests that economic disparities as well as unresolved national tensions between liberalism and conser- vatism have been major drivers. As we will argue, stubborn reliance on fixed geopolitical ideas as a source of influence and power can lead to rigid commitments to identity politics that can both thwart more effective regional cooperation and harm national economic and political interests.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: geographical imaginations; geopolitics; national identity; Central Europe; European integration
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation / földrajz, antropológia, kikapcsolódás > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography / gazdasági-társadalmi földrajz
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2023 10:19
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2023 10:19

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