Balkan as Metaphor: Between Globalization and Fragmentation by Dušan I. Bjelić, Obrad Savić

By Dušan I. Bjelić, Obrad Savić

Balkan. someplace among a tragedy and a fable, a spot and a , the time period is likely to be top understood as a metaphor. it's been used and abused in academia through proponents of opposing political opinions. Multiculturalism has appropriated it, as have postmodernism and postcommunism. it really is used pejoratively to consult with over the top specialization and nostalgically to consult Europe's misplaced humans -- its wild warriors and passionate geniuses. This publication explores the assumption of the Balkan as metaphor and the which means of Balkan identification within the context of up to date tradition. concentrating on Balkanism either as a physique of information and because the severe learn of that discourse, this booklet does for the Balkans what Edward Said's Orientalism did for "the Orient."The 16 authors, such a lot of whom have been born and informed within the Balkans, follow the Western educational instruments of postmodernism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and demanding multiculturalism to issues as diverse as the rhetoric of Balkanization, the battle in Kosovo, Western demonization and erotization of the Serbs, Balkan movie, human rights laws, Byzantinism, the vampire as a picture of Balkan violence, envy of the political and ethical capital of victimhood, the tendency of the Balkan psyche towards melancholy, Serbian machismo and homosexuality, and wartime rape. The ebook either lays the foundation for a brand new box of research and serves as an act of resistance opposed to the numerous types of illustration that holiday the Balkans into fragments equivalent to NATO military bases and electronic maps in an effort to twine them into the worldwide industry.

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87. html> 20 July 2000. 45. Petar Stoyanov, keynote address, Crisis or Stability in the Balkans Conference, Washington, United States Institute of Peace, 23 April 1999. html> 20 July 2000. 46. Predrag Matvejevic´, “S puta po Srbiji (I): S druge strane evropske civilizacije,” Dani, no. 160, 23 June 2000, 23–27. 47. John B.

21. 12. , 3. 13. , 61. 14. Richard Holbrooke, To End a War (New York: Random House, 1998), 22. 15. Robert D. Kaplan, Balkan Ghosts. A Journey through History (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993), xxi. 16. Colonel Bob Stewart, Broken Lives. A Personal View of the Bosnian Conflict (London: Harper Collins, 1994), 6. 17. See Maria Todorova, Imagining the Balkans (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), pp. 119–20 for the background to this type of imagery. 18. Misha Glenny’s recent book has challenged this by drawing attention to the Great Power’s involvement in the area.

14 The Balkan peoples are so deeply immersed in their bloody history, Kaplan argues in Balkan Ghosts, that their world is barely comprehensible to an outsider: “This was a time-capsule world: a dim stage upon which people raged, spilled blood, experienced visions and ecstasies. ”15 The British army colonel Bob Stewart puts it more simply in his account of his time in BosniaHerzegovina in the 1990s, Broken Lives. A Personal View of the Bosnian Conflict: “Historically, relations between Serbs, Croats and Muslims had been appalling for centuries.

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